[ rend ]
/ rɛnd /
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verb (used with object), rent, rend·ing.

verb (used without object), rent, rend·ing.

to split or tear something.
to become torn or split.



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Origin of rend

First recorded before 950; Middle English renden,Old English rendan; cognate with Old Frisian renda

synonym study for rend

2. See tear2.


rend·i·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for rend

/ (rɛnd) /

verb rends, rending or rent

to tear with violent force or to be torn in this way; rip
(tr) to tear or pull (one's clothes, etc), esp as a manifestation of rage or grief
(tr) (of a noise or cry) to disturb (the air, silence, etc) with a shrill or piercing tone
(tr) to pain or distress (the heart, conscience, etc)

Derived forms of rend

rendible, adjective

Word Origin for rend

Old English rendan; related to Old Frisian renda
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