- 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.
- Economics. 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.
- Obsolete. revenue or income.
- to grant the possession and enjoyment of (property, machinery, etc.) in return for the payment of rent from the tenant or lessee. (often followed 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.
- for rent, available to be rented, as a home or store: an apartment for rent.
Origin of rent1
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- an opening made by rending or tearing; slit; fissure.
- a breach of relations or union between individuals or groups; schism.
- simple past tense and past participle of rend.
Origin of rent2
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Examples from the Web for rents
“Rents have climbed past where drink prices can follow,” he says.High Rents Are Killing the Restaurant Capital
October 28, 2014
Businesses are suffering more each day in an area where the rents are extortionate, and the situation could boil over soon.Hong Kong Between Calm and Chaos
October 3, 2014
Of course many youngsters go uptown because, with rents skyrocketing downtown, it makes economic sense.Why the Upper East Side Is Now Cooler Than Brooklyn
September 2, 2014
Land, he asserted, should be owned by the public and government funded by rents.In the Future We'll All Be Renters: America's Disappearing Middle Class
August 10, 2014
That must be where they share tips on running up beer prices and ensuring that Brooklyn rents are too damn high.Why Do We Hate Hipsters So F'ing Much?
July 13, 2014
He collected all the rents and kept them for a couple of weeks in his bureau drawer.L'Assommoir
You know he has so much to bother him with the rents and things.The Macdermots of Ballycloran
These rents however are to be taken from the rates in which they are charged, and not from the rents which are actually paid.
They don't pay their rents, and their rents would amuse you.
And Irish land hunger is largely responsible for Irish rents.
- 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
- that portion of the national income accruing to owners of land and real property
- the return derived from the cultivation of land in excess of production costs
- See economic rent
- for rent mainly US and Canadian available for use and occupation subject to the payment of rent
- (tr) to grant (a person) the right to use one's property in return for periodic payments
- (tr) to occupy or use (property) in return for periodic payments
- (intr often foll by at) to be let or rented (for a specified rental)
- 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
Word Origin and History for rents
"payment for use of property," mid-12c., a legal sense, originally "income, revenue" (late Old English), from Old French rente "payment due; profit, income," from Vulgar Latin *rendita, noun use of fem. past participle of rendere "to render" (see render (v.)).
"torn place," 1530s, noun use of Middle English renten "to tear, rend" (early 14c.), variant of renden (see rend (v.)).
mid-15c., "to rent out property, grant possession and enjoyment of in exchange for a consideration paid," from Old French renter "pay dues to," or from rent (n.1). Related: Rented; renting. Earlier (mid-14c.) in the more general sense of "provide with revenue." Sense of "to take and hold in exchange for rent" is from 1520s. Intransitive sense of "be leased for rent" is from 1784. Prefix rent-a- first attested 1921, mainly of businesses that rented various makes of car (Rentacar is a trademark registered in U.S. 1924); extended to other "temporary" uses since 1961.