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Examples of rendition in a Sentence
a moving rendition of an old gospel song
a new rendition of the text in English
Recent Examples of rendition from the Web
Otis Redding is well known for his rendition of the song ____________, which was first popularized by Bing Crosby in 1933.
The rendition that follows, played on acoustic guitar, and sung without any enthusiasm for the song’s famous title chorus, is true to its crushingly downbeat verses.
In a Newark jazz club last month, Lorenzo Morrast proudly watched as his 16-year-old daughter Alexis delivered a soulful, throaty rendition of an old tune that laments of the tribulations of African-American folk hero John Henry.
For the Northern Liberties rendition, Thomas used more than 100 poplar logs from a friend’s farm in West Virginia and oak planks for the floors.
After intermission, the orchestra gave a spirited rendition of Tchaikovsky’s First Symphony.
In September, the Houston Gospel Choir took the stage at the The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for a powerful rendition following Hurricane Harvey.
Their opponents, the LA Sparks, were not on the court for the rendition.
Juicy Couture by Jamie Mizrahi, of course. Hilton, 36, opted for a contemporary rendition of the iconic two-piece: a bright yellow set, consisting of a cropped sweatshirt and shorts, embellished all over with silver Swarovski crystals.
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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."
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