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verb \ˈrend\

Definition of rend

rent

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rended

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rending

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to remove from place by violence :  wrest

  3. 2 :  to split or tear apart or in pieces by violence

  4. 3 :  to tear (the hair or clothing) as a sign of anger, grief, or despair

  5. 4a :  to lacerate mentally or emotionallyb :  to pierce with soundc :  to divide (something, such as a nation) into contesting factions

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to perform an act of tearing or splitting

  8. 2 :  to become torn or split

Examples of rend in a Sentence

  1. They rent the cloth to shreds.

  2. mourners rending their clothes in grief

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Origin and Etymology of rend

Middle English, from Old English rendan; akin to Old Frisian renda to tear and perhaps to Sanskrit randhra hole

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

REND Defined for English Language Learners

rend

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verb

Definition of rend for English Language Learners

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


REND Defined for Kids

rend

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verb \ˈrend\

Definition of rend for Students

rent

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rending

  1. :  to tear apart by force



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