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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Fleeing the scene of a deadly wreck or collision is a crime in Texas, namely a second-degree felony known as failure to stop and render aid. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, 2 May 2022 Ramesh Patel, believed to the driver in the incident, was charged Friday with failure to stop and render aid resulting in death. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, 25 Apr. 2022 Several corporate leaders and advocacy groups warned that gaps remain in the transition away from 3G service, which could render some important products ineffective for the time being. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 22 Feb. 2022 The region's fields, mountains, and enigmatic wreckage of a bygone era stretched out as far as my PlayStation 5 could render. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 14 Feb. 2022 But Rutherford also advised keeping in mind that the omicron strain appears to render two of the three monoclonal treatments less effective. Gwendolyn Wu, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Jan. 2022 Matthew Pillsbury’s long-exposure vistas render New York’s revellers as anonymous blurs of motion. The New Yorker, 7 Dec. 2021 Mimicking those exaggerated physical traits in their project imprinted idiosyncratic style into a technique that tends to render out distinctiveness. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, 22 Oct. 2021 The jury took about two hours to render their verdict of not guilty on all counts. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, 31 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun While there is only one render of Ronin at this stage, Fisker says a full reveal will come in August 2023. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 4 May 2022 The latest news is that venerable leaker Evan Blass scored an official render of the watch body. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 20 Apr. 2022 According to Nvidia, the RTX 3090’s render time was right around seven minutes. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 27 Apr. 2022 The technology is evolving to be able to convert a 2D picture into a 3D render. Jennifer Castenson, Forbes, 22 Oct. 2021 In Khan’s render, Apple has replaced the notch with a hole-punch selfie camera, similar to Samsung’s latest Galaxy phones. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 9 Nov. 2021 But others argue that even more so than in peacetime, periods of active combat render hacktivism ineffectual and largely just distracting. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, 3 Mar. 2022 As for the services, the publicity and prestige render considerations about actual viewership secondary, not that those figures are regularly disclosed. Brian Lowry, CNN, 11 Mar. 2022 Incidentally, the actual cutouts may be slightly wider than the render above. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 2 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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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


transitive verb
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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