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
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
(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
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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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

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 Every building in the U.S. sits on specific GPS coordinates, which are typically rendered and documented in meters. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, "Multistate Disagreement over the Length of the Foot to End," 19 May 2020 That is all the truer in this pandemic, where inmates everywhere have been rendered vulnerable and often powerless to protect themselves from harm. Dave Boucher, Dallas News, "Supreme Court won’t intervene in Texas inmate coronavirus lawsuit," 15 May 2020 Others are will be at greater risk, the person who uses a straw with a mask is at greater risk of inhaling the unfiltered breath of others, and the mask is rendered a useless, decorative item. ... WSJ, "Penetrating the Fog of War, Covid-19 Style," 15 May 2020 That is all the truer in this pandemic, where inmates everywhere have been rendered vulnerable and often powerless to protect themselves from harm. Adam Liptak, New York Times, "Supreme Court Rejects Bid for Virus Protections in Texas Prison," 14 May 2020 Irony has become a de facto cultural defense mechanism, and is rendered vulnerable against drugs renowned for opening (or totally shattering) our psychic defenses. John Semley, The New Republic, "Have a Good Trip Demystifies Psychedelics," 13 May 2020 Not only have several scouting opportunities been nixed, other traditional parts of the process have been rendered unrecognizable as well. Jeff Mcdonald,, "COVID-19 plays havoc with Spurs’ draft plans," 9 May 2020 On Upload, the new Amazon comedy from TV writer-producer Greg Daniels (King of The Hill, The Office, Parks & Recreation), the looming future is rendered with cartoonish strokes. Jason Parham, Wired, "Upload Is a Clunky Parable About Class in a Digital Afterlife," 6 May 2020 In a later episode, there's a scene where the digital afterlife's server degrades to the point where all the Lakeview residents are rendered in 1980s-style computer graphics. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "It’s a wonderful afterlife: Smart, funny Upload is a sheer delight," 2 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun While the Threadripper took about an hour, the dual Xeon took another 30 minutes to finish a render job. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "AMD's monstrous 64-core Threadripper 3990X: How much and how fast it will be," 6 Jan. 2020 According to renders and rumors, there will only be two rear cameras on the Z Flip, a stark contrast from the four on the S20 Ultra. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Galaxy Z Flip preview: Samsung’s second foldable phone is a reboot, not a sequel," 4 Feb. 2020 Cook, stirring occasionally, until the fat renders and the meat is golden. Los Angeles Times, "How to Boil Water: Boiling pasta (plus three-ingredient spaghetti carbonara!)," 3 Apr. 2020 First up, OnLeaks has a pair of official press renders of the device. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "OnePlus 8 Pro will finally add wireless charging, IP68 water-resistance," 27 Mar. 2020 Depending on your industry, this use case becomes all the more provocative when your business is making decisions based on a series of 2D and 3D renders. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Tracking the future of remote workplaces: Apps, communication, and liability," 3 Feb. 2020 But to tide you over until then, a set of official renders and a full spec sheet have been posted by the German site WinFuture. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Samsung Galaxy Z flip gets official renders, full spec sheet," 28 Jan. 2020 In addition to the images of the front screen, @OnLeaks and iGeeksBlog came up with a series of renders of the forthcoming phone, which also show off the larger bezels. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Pixel 4 screen leak show off large forehead bezel," 20 July 2019 In a large pot, brown the bacon until the fat renders. Cosmo Genova, Field & Stream, "How to Cook Wild Game Pho with Venison Steak," 21 Feb. 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 29 May. 2020.

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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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