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
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 renderable (audio) \ adjective
renderer \ ˈren-​dər-​ər How to pronounce renderer (audio) \ 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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The insurer then faces a deadline — usually 30 days — to render its decision. Bernard J. Wolfson,, "Did your health plan deny you care? You can fight back. Here’s how," 5 July 2019 Kawhi Leonard Rob Mahoney: There are some players effective enough to blot out questions of fit, so talented as to render the premise irrelevant. The Si Staff,, "Who Should the Lakers Target as Their Third Star?," 28 June 2019 The commission is expected to render its decision on the project early next year., "Jordan Cove LNG backers claim high support from landowners for pipeline," 26 June 2019 Officers already can face a misdemeanor for failing to render aid to someone in their custody, but no officer has ever been charged with the crime. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Fire and Police Commission tightens policy on police use of force," 20 June 2019 After all, the only light paths that need to be rendered are the ones that fit into the user’s field of view. Boone Ashworth, WIRED, "What Is Ray Tracing? The Latest Gaming Buzzword Explained," 14 June 2019 So pleased that small businesses who provide health care services across Alaska can be assured timely payment for services rendered. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "State avoids Medicaid funding gap, will pay doctors and hospitals without interruption," 13 June 2019 The Hong Kong government itself seems to have inadvertently rendered the proposed law’s raison d’etre moot, too. Mary Hui, Quartz, "Everything you need to know about Hong Kong’s extradition law," 11 June 2019 Although visits are still strictly regulated, radiation levels have now fallen enough to render risks negligible. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’ Miniseries Is Driving Tourists to the Nuclear Disaster Site," 7 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Also evident in these renders are sharper corners compared to the Galaxy Note 9 / 8, which give the device a Nokia Lumia vibe as Ars Technica points out. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Pro renders reveal giant screen and no headphone jack," 12 June 2019 That animation of a globe up top took 44 hours to simulate on render on a laptop. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "LEGO Liquids Are Insanely Mesmerizing," 19 Feb. 2016 However, it should be noted that Olixar has not supplied case images for the S10 Lite and S10 Plus at this time, only phone renders, so details may be less solid with those models. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Samsung Galaxy S10 renders show hole-punch camera, headphone jack, and no fingerprint sensor," 13 Dec. 2018 However, reports and renders have suggested Samsung will be sticking with a dual lens for the Galaxy S10. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "The new Samsung A8s could be our first look at the Galaxy S10's notchless 'hole-punch' display," 10 Dec. 2018 Additionally, Olixar claims that the S10 Plus will have a whopping six cameras, four on the back and two on the front, while the S10 Lite comes with dual rear cameras and a single front camera, based on the renders Mobile Fun received. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Samsung Galaxy S10 renders show hole-punch camera, headphone jack, and no fingerprint sensor," 13 Dec. 2018 Here's something fun: There's no sign of a headphone jack on Pixel Slate based on the renders that have leaked. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "New images of Google’s Pixel Slate tablet show off a USB-C port and round keys," 6 Oct. 2018 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

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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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