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 But Chinese internet users quickly brought the story back to life, using emojis, morse code and obscure languages to render the interview in ways that would evade censors. Javier C. Hernández, New York Times, "As China Cracks Down on Coronavirus Coverage, Journalists Fight Back," 14 Mar. 2020 But Chinese Internet users quickly brought the story back to life, using emojis, Morse code, and obscure languages to render the interview in ways that would evade censors. Javier C. Hernández,, "As China cracks down on coronavirus coverage, journalists fight back," 14 Mar. 2020 On February 28, the pebble was a bug that threatened to effectively render three million sites nonfunctional in a matter of days. Brian Barrett, Wired, "Last Week's Internet Calamity That Wasn't," 9 Mar. 2020 Philip, however, says 12 to 24 hours is a more realistic time span — and any good cleaning agent or disinfectant is enough to render droplets of the virus harmless. John King,, "Chronicle readers’ top questions about coronavirus in Bay Area answered," 6 Mar. 2020 After hearing oral arguments on March 4, the Supreme Court isn’t likely to render a decision in this case until June. Tessa Berenson, Time, "The Supreme Court Is Hearing a New Case on Abortion. The Decision Could Impact Women for a Generation," 3 Mar. 2020 Brian Ray was the first officer to render aid after Sherrard fell. Dallas News, "Man was hospitalized for mental health concerns six months before killing Richardson officer," 25 Feb. 2020 Since last summer, Hubbard’s case has been before the Alabama Supreme Court, which has yet to render a decision. al, "How do you speed up executions? Lawmakers want to cut out state Supreme Court.," 22 Feb. 2020 Courtroom arguments have been scheduled for March 25, and the Supreme Court is expected to render a verdict on or soon after that date. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Attorney general says state will not challenge impartiality of chief justice on recall," 21 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 First, the render is a sign that the Pixel 4a is actually happening. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Early Pixel 4a renders somehow look better than the more premium Pixel 4," 2 Jan. 2020 The render shows a device with a flat display measuring somewhere around 6.4-inches and a front camera that lives in a hole punch in the middle of the display, just like a Samsung device. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Render shows OnePlus tackling the midrange market with OnePlus 8 Lite," 9 Dec. 2019 Like clockwork, the next scene in the phone rumor script has been performed: full 3D CAD renders of the upcoming phone. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "These rumored Pixel 4 XL renders show just how big its bezels will be," 8 July 2019 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

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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 30 Mar. 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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