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rend

verb \ˈrend\

: to tear (something) into pieces with force or violence

rent \ˈrent\ also rend·ed \ˈren-dəd\ rend·ing

Full Definition of REND

transitive verb
1
:  to remove from place by violence :  wrest
2
:  to split or tear apart or in pieces by violence
3
:  to tear (the hair or clothing) as a sign of anger, grief, or despair
4
a :  to lacerate mentally or emotionally
b :  to pierce with sound
c :  to divide (as a nation) into contesting factions
intransitive verb
1
:  to perform an act of tearing or splitting
2
:  to become torn or split

Examples of REND

  1. They rent the cloth to shreds.
  2. mourners rending their clothes in grief

Origin of REND

Middle English, from Old English rendan; akin to OldFrisian renda to tear and perhaps to Sanskrit randhra hole
First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of REND

tear, rip, rend, split, cleave, rive mean to separate forcibly. tear implies pulling apart by force and leaving jagged edges <tear up the letter>. rip implies a pulling apart in one rapid uninterrupted motion often along a line or joint <ripped the shirt on a nail>. rend implies very violent or ruthless severing or sundering <an angry mob rent the prisoner's clothes>. split implies a cutting or breaking apart in a continuous, straight, and usually lengthwise direction or in the direction of grain or layers <split logs for firewood>. cleave implies very forceful splitting or cutting with a blow <a bolt of lightning cleaved the giant oak>. rive occurs most often in figurative use <a political party riven by conflict>.
RENT Defined for Kids

rend

verb \ˈrend\
rent \ˈrent\rend·ing

Definition of REND for Kids

:  to tear apart by force
July 06, 2015
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