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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
rent1 /rɛnt/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
[~ + object] to pay money for the use of (real estate, machinery, etc.) to the landlord or owner:I rented a small apartment.
to allow the possession and use of (real estate, machinery, etc.) in return for payment of rent: [~ + object]The lodge will rent skis for the day.[~ ( + out) + object + to + object]She rented (out) a small apartment to me.[~ + object ( + out) + to + object]The company will not rent cars (out) to anyone under 18 years old.[~ + object + object]She rented me the apartment.
- a payment made on a regular basis to the owner of land or other property, for the right to live in or use the property: [uncountable]How much do you pay in rent every month? He paid more rent than he had to.[countable]Rents are high.
rent•er, n. [countable]
rent2 /rɛnt/USA pronunciation
- Idioms, for rent, available to be rented.
rent3 /rɛnt/USA pronunciationv.
an opening or large tear made by rending.
pt. and pp. of rend.rend
rend /rɛnd/USA pronunciation
v. [~ + object],rent/rɛnt/USA pronunciationrend•ing.
rend•er, n. [countable]
- to separate into parts with great force or suddenness;
tear or rip apart:As a sign of his grief and rage the high priest rent his garments.
- to disturb (the air) sharply with noise:Her sharp screams rent the air.
- to distress (the heart) with painful feelings.
-rend- comes from Latin, where it has the meaning "give.'' This meaning is found in such words as: render, rendition, surrender.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
rent /rɛnt/ n
- a payment made periodically by a tenant to a landlord or owner for the occupation or use of land, buildings, or by a user for the use of other property, such as a telephone
- the return derived from the cultivation of land in excess of production costs
- for rent ⇒ chiefly US Canadian available for use and occupation subject to the payment of rent
Etymology: 12th Century: from Old French rente revenue, from Vulgar Latin rendere (unattested) to yield; see renderˈrentable adj
- (transitive) to grant (a person) the right to use one's property in return for periodic payments
- (transitive) to occupy or use (property) in return for periodic payments
- (intransitive) often followed by at: to be let or rented (for a specified rental)
rent /rɛnt/ n
- a slit or opening made by tearing or rending; tear
- a breach or division, as in relations
- the past tense and past participle of rend
rend /rɛnd/ vb (rends, rending, rent)
Etymology: Old English rendan; related to Old Frisian rendaˈrendible adj
- to tear with violent force or to be torn in this way; rip
- (transitive) to tear or pull (one's clothes, etc), esp as a manifestation of rage or grief
- (transitive) (of a noise or cry) to disturb (the air, silence, etc) with a shrill or piercing tone
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