verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of rent1
Synonyms for rent
Origin of rent2
Synonyms for rent
verb (used with object), rent, rend·ing.
verb (used without object), rent, rend·ing.
Origin of rend
Synonyms for rend
Related Words for renttariff, rental, payment, lease, hire, borrow, charter, sublet, discord, rip, slit, perforation, fissure, schism, gash, slash, crack, breach, division, flaw
Examples from the Web for rent
Contemporary Examples of rent
The first 30 years of his life, he helped his father build and then rent out Rockefeller Center at a difficult time.This Republican Loved Taxes & Modern Art
November 19, 2014
The winter air is rent with cries from thousands of puffed up lips, begging to be let in.Russia’s Gold Digger Academy
November 11, 2014
The journey began well, as Washington managed to collect some rent from war-ravaged tenants in Cumberland.
Squeezing what rent he could from the tenants, Washington moved on.
Manhattanites are concerned that a decade of Bloombergian rent increases now threatens their venerable dining scene.High Rents Are Killing the Restaurant Capital
October 28, 2014
Historical Examples of rent
The rest they'll split up into several farms and rent for the present.
When I got up I was not able to make my rent out of my land.
I am a weaver, sir: for my rent they seized my two looms; then I had nothing to do.
I set them for rent to put bread into my children's mouth, and after all I cannot get it!
We could rent a little house and you'd have hardly anything to do.
- 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
Word Origin for rent
verb rends, rending or rent
Word Origin for rend
"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.
Old English rendan, hrendan "to tear, cut down," from West Germanic *randijanan (cf. Old Frisian renda "to cut, break," Middle Low German rende "anything broken," German Rinde "bark, crust"), probably related to rind. Related: Rended; rent; rending.