ren·​der | \ ˈren-dər How to pronounce render (audio) \
rendered; rendering\ ˈren-​d(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce rendering (audio) \

Definition of render

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to melt down render suet also : to extract by melting render lard
b : to treat so as to convert into industrial fats and oils or fertilizer
2a : to transmit to another : deliver
c : to furnish for consideration, approval, or information: such as
(1) : to hand down (a legal judgment)
(2) : to agree on and report (a verdict)
3a : to give in return or retribution
(2) : reflect, echo
c : to give in acknowledgment of dependence or obligation : pay
d : to do (a service) for another
4a(1) : to cause to be or become : make enough rainfall … to render irrigation unnecessary— P. E. James rendered him helpless
(2) : impart
b(1) : to reproduce or represent by artistic or verbal means : depict
(2) : to give a performance of
(3) : to produce a copy or version of the documents are rendered in the original French
(4) : to execute the motions of render a salute
5 : to direct the execution of : administer render justice
6 : to apply a coat of plaster or cement directly to

intransitive verb

: to give recompense



Definition of render (Entry 2 of 2)

: a return especially in goods or services due from a feudal tenant to his lord

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Other Words from render


renderable \ ˈren-​d(ə-​)rə-​bəl How to pronounce renderable (audio) \ adjective
renderer \ ˈren-​dər-​ər How to pronounce renderer (audio) \ noun

Examples of render in a Sentence

Verb Depression can render a person helpless. Both passengers were rendered unconscious in the accident. The sight of her rendered him speechless. The virus rendered the computer useless. He witnessed a car accident and stopped to render aid. The jury rendered a verdict of not guilty.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But this election gives us the power to render judgment. Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY, "'Magnitude of this failure is astonishing': Medical journal writes unprecedented editorial against Trump for COVID," 8 Oct. 2020 An administrative hearing was scheduled for Wednesday before the board could render a final decision. Alicia Fabbre,, "Matteson District 159 finance director, facing termination proceedings, hired by Virginia school district," 26 Sep. 2020 Tesla argues that this failure to acknowledge Mudri should render Nikola's patents invalid. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Nikola patented a truck design it didn’t create, Tesla claims in legal response," 24 Sep. 2020 Such a long turnaround would render the value of testing asymptomatic people moot, Weston said. Lauren Caruba,, "New nonprofit aims to improve coronavirus testing in San Antonio," 17 Sep. 2020 The aducanumab application was granted priority review, which means the FDA will render an approval decision no later than March 7, 2021. Adam Feuerstein, STAT, "The FDA accepted Biogen’s Alzheimer’s drug submission. Next up, a highly anticipated outside expert review," 7 Aug. 2020 The administration on Monday also published the final version of a regulation that will render most border-crossers seeking asylum ineligible for work authorization. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Trump to expand sweeping immigration restrictions, targeting work visas in new order," 23 June 2020 Links provided take you to, where any purchases made will render a small revenue stream that supports Smithsonian magazine and the Smithsonian Institution. Smithsonian Magazine, "Twelve Books to Help Children Understand Race, Anti-Racism and Protest," 11 June 2020 Rittenhouse, who had presented himself as a medic earlier in the night, then makes a phone call while another man attempts to render aid to Rosenbaum. Eric Litke, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kyle Rittenhouse's defense team released a narrated video from the night of the shooting, here's what know about it," 26 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Nest Audio, which Google sent a render of to media after extensive leaks this summer, is likely the successor to the original Google Home from 2016, which the company discontinued this year. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, "How to Watch Google's Pixel Event Today—and What to Expect," 30 Sep. 2020 OnLeaks previously nailed the Pixel 4a design eight months before launch, so his Pixel 5 render is worth paying attention to. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Pixel 5 renders show Google returning to rear fingerprint reader," 21 Aug. 2020 Anyway, the Pixel 5 render looks like a slightly upgraded 4a with a better camera, and that's about it. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Pixel 5 renders show Google returning to rear fingerprint reader," 21 Aug. 2020 While the Threadripper took about an hour, the dual Xeon took another 30 minutes to finish a render job. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "AMD's monstrous 64-core Threadripper 3990X: How much and how fast it will be," 6 Jan. 2020 According to renders and rumors, there will only be two rear cameras on the Z Flip, a stark contrast from the four on the S20 Ultra. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Galaxy Z Flip preview: Samsung’s second foldable phone is a reboot, not a sequel," 4 Feb. 2020 Cook, stirring occasionally, until the fat renders and the meat is golden. Los Angeles Times, "How to Boil Water: Boiling pasta (plus three-ingredient spaghetti carbonara!)," 3 Apr. 2020 First up, OnLeaks has a pair of official press renders of the device. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "OnePlus 8 Pro will finally add wireless charging, IP68 water-resistance," 27 Mar. 2020 Depending on your industry, this use case becomes all the more provocative when your business is making decisions based on a series of 2D and 3D renders. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Tracking the future of remote workplaces: Apps, communication, and liability," 3 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of render


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1647, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for render


Middle English rendren, from Anglo-French rendre to give back, surrender, from Vulgar Latin *rendere, alteration of Latin reddere, partly from re- + dare to give & partly from re- + -dere to put — more at date, do

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“Render.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of render

formal : to cause (someone or something) to be in a specified condition
formal : to give (something) to someone
law : to officially report or declare (a legal judgment, such as a verdict)


ren·​der | \ ˈren-dər How to pronounce render (audio) \
rendered; rendering

Kids Definition of render

1 : to cause to be or become … the girls were rendered quite speechless by the miracle.— Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
2 : to furnish or give to another Passing drivers stopped to render aid.
3 : to officially report The jury rendered a verdict.
4 : to obtain by heating render lard from fat
5 : perform sense 3 render a song
ren·​der | \ ˈren-dər How to pronounce render (audio) \

Legal Definition of render

1 : to transmit to another : deliver
2 : to furnish for consideration, approval, or information: as
a : hand down render a judgment
b : to agree on and report (a verdict) — compare enter
3 : to give in acknowledgment of dependence or obligation : make payment of
4 : to direct the execution of render justice

Other Words from render

renderable adjective

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