rent

1
[ rent ]
/ rɛnt /
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noun

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)


Nearby words

  1. renovate,
  2. renovation,
  3. renown,
  4. renowned,
  5. rensselaerite,
  6. rent boy,
  7. rent control,
  8. rent party,
  9. rent seck,
  10. rent strike

Idioms

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

Origin of rent

1
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

SYNONYMS FOR rent
7. lease, let. See hire.

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

rent

2
[ rent ]
/ rɛnt /

noun

an opening made by rending or tearing; slit; fissure.
a breach of relations or union between individuals or groups; schism.

verb

simple past tense and past participle of rend.

Origin of rent

2
1325–75 for v. sense; 1525–35 for def 1; Middle English; see rend

SYNONYMS FOR rent
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British Dictionary definitions for rents

rent

1
/ (rɛnt) /

noun

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
economics
  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

verb

(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 Formsrentability, nounrentable, adjective

Word Origin for rent

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

rent

2
/ (rɛnt) /

noun

a slit or opening made by tearing or rending; tear
a breach or division, as in relations

verb

the past tense and past participle of rend
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Word Origin and History for rents
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