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
Conversely, Reynolds could have used her $1 million campaign fund to rent a plane.
No need to rent a car; parking costs $25 per day, and readers get free use of the hotel’s Waikiki Shuttle.
A group of six to eight can rent a pontoon boat decorated with lights for $125 to watch the concert from the lake.
The previous arrangement was to rent a variety of spaces for rehearsal and show auditions, with the theater spending about $10,000 each season for rental.
Bicycles available to rent from Canoe Outfitters (561-746-7053).
The two are looking to create a way for tiny home owners to rent out their spaces through the internet, much like other sites such as Airbnb do for regular homeowners.
Man A: Rent for our one-bedroom apartment in Westchester County (just north of NYC) is $1,395.
The water park also changed up its food menu this year, added new cabanas to rent and additional lawn chairs for guests.
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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 century
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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