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 Protocol used the portmanteau Monday to describe the climate questions surrounding Ethereum’s imminent Merge, an upgrade in cryptocurrency mining protocols that will render massive amounts of hardware outdated. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 13 Sep. 2022 Peter Krouse reports researchers at Case Western Reserve University are working to develop the next generation of electrolytes that can render utility-size battery systems less costly, more efficient and more safe. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 1 Sep. 2022 Abortions are also permitted when the long-term health and life of the mother are at risk and for abnormalities that render the fetus nonviable. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 9 Aug. 2022 This is all a big reminder that just because gaming consoles are replaced by a new generation, that doesn’t render the old one useless or necessarily mean it’s destined for Craigslist. Wired, 5 Aug. 2022 Famous for their lengthy life span, and the worm-like parasites found on their eyes that eventually render blind, these sharks are surprisingly magnetic. Melissa Cristina Márquez, Forbes, 2 Aug. 2022 That could lead to plumes of shrapnel and debris that can render certain fields of orbit impassable. Jackie Wattles; Video By Milly Chan, CNN, 14 June 2022 The highway funding should be augmented to assure that commutes are not impaired by regulations that cause up to 10-year delays in construction that render planned highways obsolete and inadequate before the road is completed. Dave Wallace, Baltimore Sun, 18 May 2022 There are messaging apps that render a phone number all but obsolete. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, 15 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Mansion’s’ drab comic strokes and narrative render the movie almost superfluous. Carson Burton, Variety, 9 Sep. 2022 Some cases may also come with the S Pen, according to a marketing render shared by leaker Evan Blass. Jay Peters, The Verge, 13 Jan. 2021 Mascharka said designers even asked for small notes, like the placement of a storm drain near the field, to get even the finest details in their final render. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, 18 Aug. 2022 Every customer will be sent a render of their pendant by October, but can't influence the design. Matthew Humphries, PCMAG, 2 Aug. 2022 First up is a rather blurry press render of the Galaxy Z Flip 4 from MySmartPrice. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 19 July 2022 The Onleaks render has the Z Fold 4 dimensions at 155×130×7.1 mm. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 19 July 2022 The drums are being played by men who are, in real life, refugees from Burundi that have been displaced by political unrest, and who in this movie render that sense of unrest into a troubled, turbulent form of music. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 15 June 2022 Producers pay for processing with render tokens (RNDR) which can be sold for cash on a crypto exchange, and fluctuate in value depending on demand. Charlie Fink, Forbes, 6 June 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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More Definitions for render


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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