rent

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noun
  1. 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.

  2. a payment or series of payments made by a lessee to an owner in return for the use of machinery, equipment, etc.

  1. 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.

  2. profit or return derived from any differential advantage in production.

  3. Obsolete. revenue or income.

verb (used with object)
  1. 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).

  2. to take and hold (property, machinery, etc.) in return for the payment of rent to the landlord or owner.

verb (used without object)
  1. to be leased or let for rent: This apartment rents cheaply.

  2. to lease or let property.

  1. to take possession of and use property by paying rent: She rents from a friend.

Idioms about rent

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

Origin of rent

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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 for rent

Other words from rent

  • rent·a·bil·i·ty, noun
  • rent·a·ble, adjective
  • un·rent·a·ble, adjective

Other definitions for rent (2 of 2)

rent2
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noun
  1. an opening made by rending or tearing; slit; fissure.

  2. a breach of relations or union between individuals or groups; schism.

verb
  1. simple past tense and past participle of rend.

Origin of rent

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First recorded in 1325–75 for verb sense; 1525–35 for def. 1; Middle English; see rend

Other words for rent

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How to use rent in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for rent (1 of 2)

rent1

/ (rɛnt) /


noun
  1. 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

  2. economics

    • 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

  1. for rent mainly US and Canadian available for use and occupation subject to the payment of rent

verb
  1. (tr) to grant (a person) the right to use one's property in return for periodic payments

  2. (tr) to occupy or use (property) in return for periodic payments

  1. (intr often foll by at) to be let or rented (for a specified rental)

Origin of rent

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

Derived forms of rent

  • rentability, noun
  • rentable, adjective

British Dictionary definitions for rent (2 of 2)

rent2

/ (rɛnt) /


noun
  1. a slit or opening made by tearing or rending; tear

  2. a breach or division, as in relations

verb
  1. the past tense and past participle of rend

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