Definition of rend
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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
4a : to lacerate mentally or emotionallyb : to pierce with soundc : to divide (something, such as a nation) into contesting factions
1 : to perform an act of tearing or splitting
2 : to become torn or split
Examples of rend in a Sentence
They rent the cloth to shreds.
mourners rending their clothes in grief
Recent Examples of rend from the Web
That's what Jonah craves after a particularly painful moment that Snyder delivers with rending clarity.
Although there are scenes of shocking cruelty, mostly involving Law’s character, Ritchie always pulls his camera away at the bloodiest moments, rending the PG-13 barbarity more theoretical.
Such a move would rend a global deal that has been hailed as historic, throwing into question the fate of global climate policy and, diplomats say, the credibility of the United States.
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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
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of rend
REND Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of rend for English Language Learners
: to tear (something) into pieces with force or violence
REND Defined for Kids
Definition of rend for Students
: to tear apart by force
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