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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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

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 For the most part, these vignettes are thoughtfully and pleasingly rendered here. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, "‘Little America’s’ vignettes of the immigrant experience sometimes feel a little too sunny," 16 Jan. 2020 Even when the Texans finally cracked the scoreboard, when Watson scrambled to his left and dived over the pylon, Kansas City rendered the touchdown moot. oregonlive, "NFL Playoffs 2020: Kansas City overcomes 24-point deficit and rolls past the Houston Texans in a Divisional Round playoff," 12 Jan. 2020 The state’s senior political leadership has anyway been rendered completely powerless by the iron hand dealt by New Delhi. Riyaz Wani, Quartz India, "With an eerie calm, Kashmir watches the “Kashmirisation” of India," 9 Jan. 2020 The same conviction today would have rendered Hall a spot in a drug court program that focuses on rehab and treatment, according to the prosecutor's office. Michelle Krupa, CNN, "Tyler Perry offered a job to the first inmate released under a new conviction integrity program in Georgia," 9 Jan. 2020 Writing from the younger woman’s point of view, Reid renders white people whose eagerness to shed their blinkers results in fumbling attempts to identify with black people—as much to burnish their own images as to genuinely connect with others. Stephanie Hayes, The Atlantic, "Such a Fun Age Satirizes the White Pursuit of Wokeness," 8 Jan. 2020 San Jose’s collapse rendered moot Evander Kane’s second-period hat trick, his second three-goal outing of the season., "Sharks blow two-goal lead in final minute, lose in OT to Capitals," 5 Jan. 2020 Ultra high temperatures have rendered the search for life on Venus's surface all but futile. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "This Is Venus, Earth's Boiling Twin," 5 Jan. 2020 The car’s three driving modes, Touring, Sport and Track render decidedly different characteristics, even in street driving. Dan Carney, Popular Science, "The Corvette is finally the supercar it deserves to be," 2 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The most tantalizing content comes from a series of storyboards and renders, some more complete than others. Ars Technica, "Final Fantasy VII Remake demo has leaked, is packed with teases, spoilers," 2 Jan. 2020 The pork fat renders in the process, enriching the meat while leaving it crispy. Soleil Ho,, "Cheesy, messy Tijuana-style tacos are the Bay Area’s latest hits," 2 Jan. 2020 So far our best look at the Galaxy Note 10 has come from renders made by Onleaks. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "The Galaxy Note 10 launches August 7," 2 July 2019 As the bacon fat renders, the strips will get crispy and the onion will soften and brown. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "How To Make Refried Beans in 15 Minutes," 30 Sep. 2019 While the bird finishes cooking, its skin renders and crisps, and the fruit caramelizes amid the melted chicken fat. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "A Sweetly Savory Kind of Bird," 13 Sep. 2019 The controversial rule renders most migrants from Central America or other parts of the world ineligible or asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border, barring limited exceptions. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Ilhan Omar: Supreme Court made "morally and legally wrong" decision on Trump's asylum ban," 15 Sep. 2019 The teaser doesn’t show either device switched on, but a few new renders from SamMobile show what that might look like on the Tab S6. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "Samsung will launch the Galaxy Watch Active 2 and Tab S6 before the Note 10," 30 July 2019 The new renders show a thicker bevel in the plastic frame, presumably indicating the frame will stick out from the surface of the phone more. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Samsung details Galaxy Fold fixes, promises re-launch in September," 25 July 2019

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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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 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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