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

Synonyms & Antonyms for render

Synonyms: Verb

clone, copy, copycat, duplicate, imitate, reduplicate, replicate, reproduce

Antonyms: Verb


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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

Such single-minded dressing is generally a strategic choice that creates a shorthand, rendering a person immediately identifiable. New York Times, "How Gareth Southgate Made the Waistcoat a Surprise World Cup M.V.P.," 13 July 2018 Yet the party of government is busy rendering Britain ungovernable. The Economist, "The Conservative Party has trashed the basic principles of conservatism," 12 July 2018 There are a ton of questions about a massive project largely unknown until the Beckham group finally released an artist’s rendering over the weekend. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "David Beckham confronts his biggest fight yet to (finally) bring MLS soccer to Miami," 12 July 2018 The artifact was found on July 1, with an alabaster bust, its features weathered down and rendered unidentifiable. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "Undisturbed Sarcophagus Found in Alexandria, Egypt," 12 July 2018 Brown is charged with two counts of rendering criminal assistance in the first-degree in the death of Benjamin Eastman III, Meyer says. Kc Baker,, "Suspects' Mom and Girlfriend Allegedly Knew Missing 16-Year-Old Was Murdered — but Said Nothing," 12 July 2018 The boys were medicated to keep them from panicking underwater, but weren’t rendered unconscious, Thai officials said. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "The Thai Cave Rescue, Before Its Triumph, Teetered on the Brink of Disaster," 11 July 2018 Andrés's fried preparation is delicious — rendering juicy, flaky fillets — but the real reason the creature found its way onto the menu has more do to with the fact that lionfish are killing off the local fish population and harming the coral reef., "The Best Meal Famed Chef José Andrés Has Ever Eaten Was A Humble Potato," 10 July 2018 For instance, in the scene with the befuddled goat glancing around for President Harrison, motion rendering software allowed Varvel to lay frames on top of one another to create one sharp goat and four blurred ones. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "IndyStar cartoonist Gary Varvel illustrates Benjamin Harrison book," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 But, long story short, some of the GL render was using Skia. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Talkin’ Treble: How Android engineers are winning the war on fragmentation," 8 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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