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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
rent1 /rɛnt/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- 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.
- to pay money for the use of (real estate, machinery, etc.) to the landlord or owner:[~ + object]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.
rent•er, n. [countable]
rent2 /rɛnt/USA pronunciation
- Idioms, for rent, available to be rented.
rent3 /rɛnt/USA pronunciation v.
- an opening or large tear made by rending.
- pt. and pp. of rend.
(rent),USA pronunciation n. WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
- a payment made periodically by a tenant to a landlord in return for the use of land, a building, an apartment, an office, or other property.
- a payment or series of payments made by a lessee to an owner in return for the use of machinery, equipment, etc.
- Business[Econ.]the excess of the produce or return yielded by a given piece of cultivated land over the cost of production;
the yield from a piece of land or real estate.
- profit or return derived from any differential advantage in production.
- [Obs.]revenue or income.
- for rent, available to be rented, as a home or store:an apartment for rent.
- to grant the possession and enjoyment of (property, machinery, etc.) in return for the payment of rent from the tenant or lessee. (often fol. by out).
- to take and hold (property, machinery, etc.) in return for the payment of rent to the landlord or owner.
- to be leased or let for rent:This apartment rents cheaply.
- to lease or let property.
- to take possession of and use property by paying rent:She rents from a friend.
- Old French renter, derivative of rente
- Vulgar Latin *rendita, feminine past participle of *rendere (see render1); (verb, verbal) Middle English renten
- Old French
- (noun, nominal) Middle English rente 1125–75
- 8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged lease, let. See hire.
- an opening made by rending or tearing;
- a breach of relations or union between individuals or groups;
- pt. and pp. of rend.
- 1325–75 for verb, verbal sense; 1525–35 for def. 1; Middle English; see rend
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged tear, split, rift, cleft, rip, rupture, fracture.
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged division, separation.
rend /rɛnd/USA pronunciation
v. [~ + object], rent/rɛnt/USA pronunciation rend•ing. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
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.
v., rent, rend•ing. v.t.
- to separate into parts with force or violence:The storm rent the ship to pieces.
- to tear apart, split, or divide:a racial problem that is rending the nation.
- to pull or tear violently (often fol. by away, off, up, etc.).
- to tear (one's garments or hair) in grief, rage, etc.
- to disturb (the air) sharply with loud noise.
- to harrow or distress (the heart) with painful feelings.
- to split or tear something.
- to become torn or split.
- bef. 950; Middle English renden, Old English rendan; cognate with Old Frisian renda
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged rive, sunder, sever, cleave, chop, fracture, rupture. See tear2.
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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