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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Taken together, the collection of mutations render the P.1 variant up to 2.2 times more contagious than prior variants thanks to its ability to latch more tightly onto human cells. Brian Browdie, Quartz, "What you need to know about the UK, South Africa, and Brazil coronavirus variants," 30 Mar. 2021 False or deceptive entries or acts that Sponsor becomes aware of may render the Entrant ineligible and may result in liability to Sponsor and/or third parties., "2021 Kid Reporter Contest Rules," 29 Mar. 2021 An in-depth deconstruction of such spiritual and diplomatic responsibility in our tumultuous present, considering the flaws and contradictions of his mortal condition, would render an absorbing film. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Francesco,’ a strictly by-the-numbers take on Pope Francis and a world in crisis," 24 Mar. 2021 The slightest error in exposure would render the negative unusable. NBC News, "The LAPD tried to change its image after Rodney King. Here's what a photographer saw.," 21 Mar. 2021 This would render the median or average income a fairly useless measure of success. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, "Rising Anti-Asian American Violence Didn’t Start With The Covid-19 Pandemic," 21 Mar. 2021 Previous experiments conducted on artificial wombs did not render the groundbreaking results revealed in the Weizmann Institute study published Wednesday. Kaelan Deese, Washington Examiner, "Biologists successfully grow first mammalian embryos in artificial womb," 17 Mar. 2021 The Sapporo court that ruled Wednesday was the first to render a decision, and district courts in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya are also set to rule on the issue. Chieko Tsuneoka, WSJ, "Japan Court Rules Same-Sex Couples Have Marriage Rights, in Landmark Decision," 17 Mar. 2021 Davies struggles to evoke the ineffable, to render in careful, simple prose and with sustaining humor the complex well of feelings, so many of them painful, that his characters experience. Claire Messud, Harpers Magazine, "New Books," 5 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun If blower-style RTX 3090 cards indeed dry up, people who use the powerful GeForce cards in workstations for GPU render farms or AI research will find their options much more limited. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Blower-style RTX 3090 cards are disappearing, and that's bad for prosumers," 1 Mar. 2021 The report does not prevent a local prosecutor from filing criminal charges related to the contract, although the findings of the report render charges unlikely. Contact Dave Boucher at or 313-938-4591. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan AG office finds no criminal act with controversial contact tracing contract," 30 Dec. 2020 Should a new mutation render the vaccine ineffective, BioNTech can develop another tailored to the new coronavirus variant in six weeks, according to Dr. Sahin. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, "Covid-19 Variant Could Make Herd Immunity More Difficult, Says BioNTech," 22 Dec. 2020 Add the water to the baking sheet and transfer it to the oven; the water will help the fat render without splattering. Washington Post, "Orange-sriracha glazed duck and roasted fruit are a stunning sheet-pan dinner combination," 10 Nov. 2020 The Nest Audio, which Google sent a render of to media after extensive leaks this summer, is likely the successor to the original Google Home from 2016, which the company discontinued this year. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, "How to Watch Google's Pixel Event Today—and What to Expect," 30 Sep. 2020 OnLeaks previously nailed the Pixel 4a design eight months before launch, so his Pixel 5 render is worth paying attention to. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Pixel 5 renders show Google returning to rear fingerprint reader," 21 Aug. 2020 Anyway, the Pixel 5 render looks like a slightly upgraded 4a with a better camera, and that's about it. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Pixel 5 renders show Google returning to rear fingerprint reader," 21 Aug. 2020 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

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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 16 Apr. 2021.

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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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