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 Matthews is now in custody at the Anchorage jail on charges of leaving the scene of an injury accident, failing to render aid, driving while under the influence and criminally negligent homicide, the statement said. Anchorage Daily News, "Man dies after being struck by SUV near Merrill Field; suspect is in custody," 10 May 2021 When found, police said the driver will likely be charged with failure to stop and render aid resulting in death. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, "Daughter of prominent S.A. developer killed in hit-and-run, police searching for driver," 5 May 2021 An Uber driver, who was passing by stopped and helped her husband render aid to Blackmon, Clatanoff said. Tracy Neal, Arkansas Online, "Bentonville murder suspect arrested in Mississippi," 29 Apr. 2021 House Bill 2513 would require police officers to render first aid to people experiencing a heart attack or respiratory distress like the scenario that killed George Floyd. Tim Gruver, Washington Examiner, "Oregon House endorses several policing reform bills," 28 Apr. 2021 Passersby tried to pull people out of the burning van and render aid, police said. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, "6 dead in Georgia after passenger van crashes, bursts into flames," 25 Apr. 2021 One witness attempted to render aid and had contact with Venables. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, "Pizza delivery man allegedly impaired when he fatally hit woman in Hopkins," 20 Apr. 2021 Once the order to render aid was given, the crew of the John Paul Jones worked quickly. Elliot Ackerman, Wired, "2034, Part I: Peril in the South China Sea," 26 Jan. 2021 The investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board revealed a chaotic attempt to render aid. Felicia Fonseca, The Arizona Republic, "NTSB: Grand Canyon helicopter crash that killed 5 British tourists likely caused by wind," 15 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But the render MacRumors uses indicates the two cameras will still be placed vertically, as seen above. Chris Smith, BGR, "iPhone 13 leak teases big upgrades Apple fans will love – and one they might not like," 11 May 2021 Certain elements—plastics, curves, and soft, indoor light—are more straightforward to create with 3-D-modelling software, and relatively fast for render engines to process. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, "The Strange, Soothing World of Instagram’s Computer-Generated Interiors," 6 May 2021 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

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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

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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