ren·​der | \ˈren-dər \
rendered; rendering\ˈren-​d(ə-​)riŋ \

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

b : give up, yield

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

b(1) : give back, restore

(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

c : translate

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 \ adjective
renderer \ˈren-​dər-​ər \ noun

Examples of render in a Sentence


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

Supporting roles are thoughtfully rendered, too, such as a Soviet diplomat who is willing to commit treason for the greater good. The Economist, "The death of the archetypal Russian villain," 28 June 2018 In each case, share values fell 99 percent within three years, rendering the value at each of less than $1 per share, according to a Bloomberg article. Rob Wile, miamiherald, "A trail of lawsuits and a failed psychic hotline. Meet the Miami man running MoviePass," 28 June 2018 Apparently, British actor Tom Hardy was almost rendered speechless by yesterday's royal wedding of Meghan Markle and his friend Prince Harry. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Tom Hardy Only Had Two Words for His Friend Prince Harry on His Wedding Day," 20 May 2018 Officers Camerl and Hopkins rendered aid to the man and awaited for an ambulance. Mikaela Porter, Courant Community, "West Hartford Police Recognize Officers, Citizens At Annual Ceremony," 18 May 2018 Back at the lab, the images are submitted to a program called AgiSoft Photoscan, which renders a 3D digital reconstruction of the rock wall. Jenny Earnest, Outside Online, "How Two Scientists Will Build Mountains," 30 Apr. 2018 Defense lawyer Valerie Van Leer-Greenberg argues that Ortega suffers from depression with psychotic features, which rendered her incapable of understanding the nature and consequences of the crime. Maureen O'connor, The Cut, "The Jury Is Out at the Nanny Murder Trial," 17 Apr. 2018 Her mother, rendered a shut-in by arthritis, didn’t have enough money for assisted-living facilities. Heather Gillers, WSJ, "‘I Was Hoping to Be Retired’: The Cost of Supporting Parents and Adult Children," 16 Nov. 2018 The iPad version of NBA 2K19 renders at more than 6 million pixels and clocks in at 60 fps. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "The iPad Pro isn’t an Xbox competitor, even with console-like specs," 31 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Little is known about the 7.8-inch FlexPai phone beyond a series of slick-looking renders, but Royole is already taking preorders for the device, which is due to begin shipping in December. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Unless Samsung is trolling us, a folding Galaxy phone is finally coming this week," 5 Nov. 2018 In the system there was the hardware accelerator path that would sort of go outside of Skia and to the GL render. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Talkin’ Treble: How Android engineers are winning the war on fragmentation," 8 June 2018 What appears to be official press renders have leaked from an anonymous source to Android Headlines, showing a lack of a home button and a larger display. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "This is what Samsung’s next tablet might look like," 2 July 2018 But for anybody who dares to dream, Circuit City's showroom design partner, Taylored Group, released a concept render of its store vision which looks like a Radio Shack as if rendered in a Taiwanese hot-take news video. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "The corpse of Circuit City will rise again on February 15," 11 Jan. 2018 Lenovo showed both a full design sketch and a product render that both appear to be non-representative of the actual product. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Lenovo’s all-screen smartphone was all talk," 5 June 2018 Such speed influences the design in radical ways that can be seen in the render. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "How Boeing's Hypersonic Passenger Plane Concept Works," 26 June 2018 Using the screen protectors as a base, the user made speculative renders of what the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL might look like. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google Pixel 3 will reportedly be built by Foxconn, have a massive notch," 31 May 2018 Boeing’s solution is to split the tail, splay them, and put them in areas that can capture higher air pressure, which accounts for the funky rear of the render. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "How Boeing's Hypersonic Passenger Plane Concept Works," 26 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of render

: to cause (someone or something) to be in a specified condition

: to give (something) to someone

law : to officially report or declare (a legal judgment, such as a verdict)


ren·​der | \ˈren-dər \
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 \

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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