[ rent ]
/ rɛnt /
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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.
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)
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.
OTHER WORDS FOR rent
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Idioms about rent
for rent, available to be rented, as a home or store: an apartment for rent.
Origin of rent1
First recorded in 1125–75; Middle English noun rent(e), from Old French from unattested Vulgar Latin rendita, feminine past participle of unattested rendere; verb derivative of the noun; see origin at render1
synonym study for rent
7. See hire.
OTHER WORDS FROM rentrent·a·bil·i·ty, nounrent·a·ble, adjectiveun·rent·a·ble, adjective
Other definitions for rent (2 of 2)
[ rent ]
/ rɛnt /
simple past tense and past participle of rend.
OTHER WORDS FOR rent
Origin of rent2
First recorded in 1325–75 for verb sense; 1525–35 for def. 1; Middle English; see rend
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How to use rent in a sentence
Office space, the largest single slice of the commercial real estate sector, already is seeing rents fall as vacancies rise.Mounting commercial real estate losses threaten banks, recovery|David Lynch|November 11, 2020|Washington Post
Lauth is surviving on $300 a week in unemployment benefits, but that barely covers rent.What a contested election means for the economy — and your wallet|Heather Long|November 4, 2020|Washington Post
She voted in favor of the rent control measure because she’s a renter.The Supes Race Takes a Backseat: Voices of the Voters in the South Bay|Maya Srikrishnan|November 3, 2020|Voice of San Diego
Jacob had paid her rent on time, she said, and followed house rules.Domestic violence survivors say they were kicked out by the housing program that promised to help them|Rachel Chason, Katie Mettler|October 30, 2020|Washington Post
A Voice of San Diego poll found 80 percent of county residents believe the cost of housing and rent are extremely or very serious problems, while 76 percent of a smaller sample said the same about homelessness.Morning Report: Residents Gravely Concerned About Housing|Voice of San Diego|October 30, 2020|Voice of San Diego
British Dictionary definitions for rent (1 of 2)
/ (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
- 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)
Derived forms of rentrentability, 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 2)
/ (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
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