ren·​der | \ ˈren-dər How to pronounce render (audio) \
rendered; rendering\ ˈren-​d(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce render (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
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 How to pronounce render (audio) \ adjective
renderer \ ˈren-​dər-​ər How to pronounce render (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 Based on oral argument, the Court is looking to create a narrow rule on student free speech and not render too sweeping a judgment. Evan Gerstmann, Forbes, "The Supreme Court Must Do A Better Job Of Protecting Student Free Speech," 28 Apr. 2021 The disclaimer may render any argument for defamation null and void, Calvert said, but the question then shifts from law to ethics. Joe Mario Pedersen,, "Orlando social media stars: Florida sheriffs find viral fame, but methods not without critics," 19 Apr. 2021 Minneapolis Police Officer Nicole Mackenzie, a medical response coordinator, testified that officers are required to render first aid and request emergency services when someone needs medical help. Melissa Mahtani, CNN, "Derek Chauvin is on trial for George Floyd's death," 12 Apr. 2021 That is best done by designating a team of professional design experts to weigh the issues and render an authoritative decision. Washington Post, "How a rock wall and pool of water have thrown a wrench into the redesign of Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden," 16 Apr. 2021 The administration hopes to pass the bill by August, because otherwise—given Congress’s languid calendar—debate over the bill could slide into next year, when the midterm elections may render lawmakers more reluctant to take controversial votes. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "The Weekly Planet: The One Thing to Understand About Biden's Infrastructure Plan," 13 Apr. 2021 Do not jump the gun and render any opinions about their grandmother and her choices. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, "Dear Abby: Mother worries about children’s questions about heritage after ancestry test revelation," 12 Apr. 2021 Speaking between takes at the shoot in Brooklyn, Primeaux-O’Bryant said that some music videos created by hearing A.S.L. speakers lack expressivity and render little more than the words and basic rhythm. New York Times, "Making Music Visible: Singing in Sign," 9 Apr. 2021 Homewood’s Village Board will vote Tuesday on an ordinance that, if approved, would allow the former Calumet Country Club to disconnect from the village and render moot a lawsuit pending in court that seeks to achieve the same goal. Mike Nolan,, "Homewood scheduled to vote Tuesday on golf course disconnection," 9 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The cover image depicts his actual computer interface mid design, complete with a wireframe render of a figure interacting on the left and a more complete version on right. Time, "The Story Behind TIME and Beeple's Future of Business Cover," 27 Apr. 2021 That said, the render does show that LiDAR will again be missing, leaving it as an exclusive for the Pro models. Gordon Kelly, Forbes, "New Apple Exclusive Reveals Surprise iPhone 13 Upgrades," 16 Apr. 2021 If blower-style RTX 3090 cards indeed dry up, people who use the powerful GeForce cards in workstations for GPU render farms or AI research will find their options much more limited. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Blower-style RTX 3090 cards are disappearing, and that's bad for prosumers," 1 Mar. 2021 The report does not prevent a local prosecutor from filing criminal charges related to the contract, although the findings of the report render charges unlikely. Contact Dave Boucher at or 313-938-4591. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan AG office finds no criminal act with controversial contact tracing contract," 30 Dec. 2020 Should a new mutation render the vaccine ineffective, BioNTech can develop another tailored to the new coronavirus variant in six weeks, according to Dr. Sahin. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, "Covid-19 Variant Could Make Herd Immunity More Difficult, Says BioNTech," 22 Dec. 2020 Add the water to the baking sheet and transfer it to the oven; the water will help the fat render without splattering. Washington Post, "Orange-sriracha glazed duck and roasted fruit are a stunning sheet-pan dinner combination," 10 Nov. 2020 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

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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 11 May. 2021.

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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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