[ rent ]
/ rɛnt /


verb (used with object)

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.

verb (used without object)

Idioms for rent

    for rent, available to be rented, as a home or store: an apartment for rent.

Origin of rent

1125–75; (noun) Middle English rente < Old French < Vulgar Latin *rendita, feminine past participle of *rendere (see render1); (v.) Middle English renten < Old French renter, derivative of rente


rent·a·bil·i·ty, nounrent·a·ble, adjectiveun·rent·a·ble, adjective

Definition for rent (2 of 3)

[ rent ]
/ rɛnt /


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 rent

1325–75 for v. sense; 1525–35 for def 1; Middle English; see rend

Definition for rent (3 of 3)

[ rend ]
/ rɛnd /

verb (used with object), rent, rend·ing.

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

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

Origin of rend

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


rend·i·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for rent (1 of 3)

/ (rɛnt) /


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
  1. that portion of the national income accruing to owners of land and real property
  2. the return derived from the cultivation of land in excess of production costs
  3. 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)

Derived forms of rent

rentability, nounrentable, adjective

Word Origin for rent

C12: from Old French rente revenue, from Vulgar Latin rendere (unattested) to yield; see render

British Dictionary definitions for rent (2 of 3)

/ (rɛnt) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for rent (3 of 3)

/ (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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