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noun \ˈrent\

Definition of rent

  1. 1 :  property (as a house) rented or for rent

  2. 2 a :  a usually fixed periodical return made by a tenant or occupant of property to the owner for the possession and use thereof; especially :  an agreed sum paid at fixed intervals by a tenant to the landlord b :  the amount paid by a hirer of personal property to the owner for the use thereof

  3. 3 a :  the portion of the income of an economy (as of a nation) attributable to land as a factor of production in addition to capital and labor b :  economic rent

for rent
  1. :  available for use or service in return for payment

Origin of rent

Middle English rente, from Anglo-French, payment, income, from Vulgar Latin *rendita, from feminine of *renditus, past participle of *rendere to yield — more at render

First Known Use: 12th century

Rhymes with rent




Simple Definition of rent

  • : to pay money in return for being able to use (something that belongs to someone else)

  • : to allow someone to use (something) in return for payment

  • : to be available for use in return for payment : to be for rent

Full Definition of rent

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to grant the possession and enjoyment of in exchange for rent

  3. 2 :  to take and hold under an agreement to pay rent

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to be for rent

  6. 2 a :  to obtain the possession and use of a place or article in exchange for rent b :  to allow the possession and use of property in exchange for rent

rent·abil·i·ty play \ˌren-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
rent·able play \ˈren-tə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of rent

  1. We rented our friends' cottage for the month of August.

  2. Do you own or rent?

  3. We rented them the upstairs apartment in our house.

  4. The cottage rents for $400 a week.

15th Century

First Known Use of rent

15th century

Synonym Discussion of rent

hire, let, lease, rent, charter mean to engage or grant for use at a price. hire and let, strictly speaking, are complementary terms, hire implying the act of engaging or taking for use and let the granting of use <we hired a car for the summer> <decided to let the cottage to a young couple>. lease strictly implies a letting under the terms of a contract but is often applied to hiring on a lease <the diplomat leased an apartment for a year>. rent stresses the payment of money for the full use of property and may imply either hiring or letting <instead of buying a house, they decided to rent> <will not rent to families with children>. charter applies to the hiring or letting of a vehicle usually for exclusive use <charter a bus to go to the game>.



Definition of rent

  1. past and past participle of rend




Definition of rent

  1. 1 :  an opening made by or as if by rending

  2. 2 :  a split in a party or organized group :  schism

  3. 3 :  an act or instance of rending

Origin of rent

English dialect rent to rend, from Middle English, alteration of renden — more at rend

First Known Use: 1535

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