verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- rent boy,
- rent control,
- rent party,
- rent seck,
- rent strike
Origin of rent1
Origin of rent2
Examples from the Web for rents
“Rents have climbed past where drink prices can follow,” he says.
Businesses are suffering more each day in an area where the rents are extortionate, and the situation could boil over soon.
Of course many youngsters go uptown because, with rents skyrocketing downtown, it makes economic sense.Why the Upper East Side Is Now Cooler Than Brooklyn|Tom Teodorczuk|September 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Land, he asserted, should be owned by the public and government funded by rents.In the Future We'll All Be Renters: America's Disappearing Middle Class|Joel Kotkin|August 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That must be where they share tips on running up beer prices and ensuring that Brooklyn rents are too damn high.
It is upon this principle that your rents have been adjusted.The Missioner|E. Phillips Oppenheim
His idea was all right, only that he couldn't get over the idea that he must have a big percentage on his outlay, in rents.Peck's Uncle Ike and The Red Headed Boy|George W. Peck
That every convent and monastery should pay a donative, proportionable to its riches and rents.Fox's Book of Martyrs|John Foxe
"To have the turning over of his rents,—" said uncle Edward, and checked himself.The Flight of the Shadow|George MacDonald
The rents of certain houses which provided an exhibition for the boys of Lewes Grammar School were paid in 1692 as usual.Curiosities of Puritan Nomenclature|Charles W. Bardsley
- 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
"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.