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 Seacat was eventually overpowered and convicted on 17 felony counts, but the home was rendered uninhabitable and had to be torn down and rebuilt. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "Police completely destroyed an innocent man's home during an arrest. But he's owed nothing, court rules," 31 Oct. 2019 During a recent carving day at Descanso’s Van de Kamp Hall, artists hunched over orange behemoths, carving and putting final details on portraits and intricately rendered Halloween scenes. Sara Cardine, La Cañada Valley Sun, "Humble gourds become canvases at Descanso’s Halloween-themed ‘Carved’," 23 Oct. 2019 Yet the people once employed in these jobs haven’t been rendered socially and economically inert, threatening the social order. Rich Lowry, National Review, "Andrew Yang, Snake Oil Salesman," 18 Oct. 2019 Many DJs import these setlists directly into digital DJ software such as Traktor and Rekordbox, so the new update renders hours of sorting work useless, leaving their vast collections of music completely disorganized. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Post-iTunes, Here's Why the Apple MacOS Catalina Warning Is Vital For DJs," 9 Oct. 2019 The current judicial actions outside the city’s control meet that definition and render the contract void. Elizabeth Dickinson, Twin Cities, "Elizabeth Dickinson: Why can’t St. Paul admit error over trash policy — and then fix it?," 6 Oct. 2019 Blayais’s reactor #1 came closest to disaster: Debris clogged the main cooling system, one of the two essential service water systems shorted out, and the emergency core cooling systems were rendered inoperative. Mario Alejandro Ariza, The New Republic, "Calm Before the Storm," 30 Sep. 2019 Add the ground prosciutto and pancetta and cook until the fat has rendered, about 4 minutes. CBS News, "Recipes from pasta master Evan Funke," 28 Sep. 2019 Fences fragment a grassland or logging cuts through a forest, breaking up migration corridors; pollution renders a river toxic; pesticides kill widely and indiscriminately. Elizabeth Kolbert, National Geographic, "What we lose when animals go extinct," 25 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 These renders are technically of the Pixel 4 XL, which OnLeaks says will have a 6.25-inch display. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "In renders, the Pixel 4 trades a giant notch for a giant forehead," 8 July 2019 Also evident in these renders are sharper corners compared to the Galaxy Note 9 / 8, which give the device a Nokia Lumia vibe as Ars Technica points out. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Pro renders reveal giant screen and no headphone jack," 12 June 2019 That animation of a globe up top took 44 hours to simulate on render on a laptop. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "LEGO Liquids Are Insanely Mesmerizing," 19 Feb. 2016

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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 21 November 2019.

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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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