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  1. the act of rendering.
  2. a translation.
  3. an interpretation, as of a role or a piece of music.
  4. the legal procedure or process of sending a suspected criminal to another country to be interrogated or detained, usually for law-enforcement purposes.Compare extraordinary rendition.See also extradition.
  5. Archaic. surrender.

Origin of rendition

1595–1605; < Middle French, alteration of reddition (< Middle English reddicion) < Late Latin redditiōn- (stem of redditiō), equivalent to Latin reddit(us) (past participle of reddere; see render1) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsnon·ren·di·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for rendition


  1. a performance of a musical composition, dramatic role, etc
  2. a translation of a text
  3. the act of rendering
  4. archaic surrender
  1. (tr) to subject (a person) to extraordinary rendition

Word Origin for rendition

C17: from obsolete French, from Late Latin redditiō see render
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Word Origin and History for rendition

c.1600, "surrender of a place or possession," from obsolete French rendition "a rendering," noun of action from Old French rendre "to deliver, to yield" (see render (v.)). Meaning "translation" first recorded 1650s; that of "an acting, a performing" first recorded 1858, American English.

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