rendition

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noun ren·di·tion \ ren-ˈdi-shən \

Definition of rendition

:the act or result of rendering: such as

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Examples of rendition in a Sentence

  1. a moving rendition of an old gospel song

  2. a new rendition of the text in English

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Did You Know?

Rendition entered English in the early 17th century and can be traced to the Middle French word reddition and ultimately to the Latin verb reddere, meaning "to return." The English verb "render" is another descendant of "reddere," so perhaps it is no surprise that "rendition" fundamentally means "the act or result of rendering." English speakers also once adopted "reddition" itself (meaning either "restitution, surrender" or "elucidation"), but that word has mostly dropped out of use. Incidentally, if you've guessed that "surrender" is also from the same word family, you may be right; surrender derives in part from the Anglo-French rendre, which likely influenced the alteration of "reddition" to "rendition."

Origin and Etymology of rendition

obsolete French, from Middle French, alteration of reddition, from Late Latin reddition-, redditio, from Latin reddere to return

rendition Synonyms


RENDITION Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of rendition for English Language Learners

  • : a performance of something


RENDITION Defined for Kids

rendition

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noun ren·di·tion \ ren-ˈdi-shən \

Definition of rendition for Students

:an act or a result of performing
  • He played his own rendition of a popular tune.

Law Dictionary

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noun ren·di·tion \ ren-ˈdi-shən \

legal Definition of rendition

1 :the act or result of rendering
  • the Court's rendition of judgment
2 :extradition of a fugitive who has fled to another state


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