• WordNet 3.6
    • n ratepayer a person who pays local rates (especially a householder)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ratepayer One who pays rates or taxes.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ratepayer One who is assessed and pays a rate or local tax.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Ratepayer one who pays a local tax
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—Low L. rata, rate—L. rēri, ratus, to think.


In literature:

Our purpose should be to act as watch-dogs for the ratepayers, to guard their interests.
"Grey Town" by Gerald Baldwin
It's robbin' the ratepayers, that's what it is.
"Merry-Garden and Other Stories" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Compete with us with the ratepayers' money?
"British Socialism" by J. Ellis Barker
And his person, too, had the rotundity which the ratepayer demands.
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
The agitation for a School Board for Keighley in 1875 was strongly opposed by many of the ratepayers.
"Adventures and Recollections" by Bill o'th' Hoylus End
The householders of Scotland include all the ratepayers of Scotland.
"Leading Articles on Various Subjects" by Hugh Miller
The parish is in debt; every day adds to the number of paupers and diminishes that of ratepayers.
"The Greville Memoirs" by Charles C. F. Greville
Turnpikes fall in, and the roads are repaired at the ratepayers' cost.
"The Hills and the Vale" by Richard Jefferies
The Municipal Corporations Act followed in 1835, giving all ratepayers the local franchise.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 4" by Various
In Manchester the profits went to the ratepayers.
"Britain for the British" by Robert Blatchford

In news:

Typically, utilities build wind farms and other power plants once they have won approval to have ratepayers pay for the cost of the project.
Mangawhai is anything but peaceful and sunny right now for its ratepayers.
The plan, so to speak, is to connect ratepayers in North Auburn and Auburn to a sewer plant in Lincoln.
In a decision that might reflect on ratepayer costs, Jersey Central Power and Light has been ordered to detail its earnings and reliability since 2005.
Hill says PG&E's proposal would charge ratepayers up to 95 percent of the cost to replace aging pipelines.
Utilities Restore Power After Sandy, but Ratepayers Will Pick Up the Bill.
The new Duke Energy, its stockholders and ratepayers have enough problems without further investigation of Bill Johnson’s ouster as CEO.
Some council members view the PILOT fee as a "stealth tax" on ratepayers.
TVA pension fund shortfall affecting ratepayers.
A shortfall in the Tennessee Valley Authority's pension fund is affecting electric ratepayers.
(AP) — A shortfall in the Tennessee Valley Authority's pension fund is affecting electric ratepayers.
A year after Hurricane Irene knocked out power to millions across the Northeast, utilities and regulators are still sparring over how to divide repair and restoration costs between ratepayers and utilities.
Ratepayer advocate recommends stabilizing DWP, shaking up LA's labor politics.
A bill to overhaul to a ratepayer subsidy for telephone providers has had its first hearing in the Colorado Senate.
Stepped -up oversight of Browns Ferry will be costly for TVA, ratepayers.

In science:

Anaheim Public Utilities Receives Coveted Recognition for New Traffic Signal Lights that Save Ratepayers $214,000 Annually [press release, 11 June].
Increasing Market Penetration of LED Traffic Signals in New York State: Review of Articles and Information on LED Traffic Signals