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ratepayer Syllabification: rate·pay·er
Pronunciation: /ˈrātˌpāər/

Definition of ratepayer in English:


1North American A customer of a public utility.
Example sentences
  • But residents and ratepayers have been protesting these private takeovers.
  • The California Public Utility Commission would also get $89 million in ratepayer money to promote the new scheme, giving utilities a leg up on whatever competition might materialize.
  • Residential ratepayers, taxpayers, and employees are thus to bail the industry out of its difficulties.
2(In the UK) a person required to pay local property taxes.
Example sentences
  • This bill is a stunt because the very thing it seeks to stop - significant rate rises for ratepayers - it cannot prevent.
  • Elderly ratepayers can apply for rates rebates, and that is also being reviewed.
  • Bristol City Council conducted a city-wide referendum of all its ratepayers on council tax options.
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