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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
rent1 /rɛnt/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged 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 pronunciation v.
an opening or large tear made by rending.
pt. and pp. of rend.
(rent), n. WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
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.
- 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.
8 . lease, let. See hire.
an opening made by rending or tearing;
- 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
a breach of relations or union between individuals or groups;
pt. and pp. of rend.
Etymology:1325–75 for verb, verbal sense;
1 . tear, split, rift, cleft, rip, rupture, fracture.2 . division, separation.
1525–35 for def. 1;
rend /rɛnd/USA pronunciation
v. [~ + object],rent/rɛnt/USA pronunciation rend•ing. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
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.
(rend), v., rent, rend•ing.
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.
2 . rive, sunder, sever, cleave, chop, fracture, rupture. See tear2.
Middle English renden, Old English rendan;
cognate with Old Frisian renda
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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