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rent

noun \ ˈrent \

Definition of rent

1 : property (such as a house) rented or for rent
2 a : a usually fixed periodical return made by a tenant or occupant of property to the owner for the possession and use thereof; especially : an agreed sum paid at fixed intervals by a tenant to the landlord
b : the amount paid by a hirer of personal property to the owner for the use thereof
3 a : the portion of the income of an economy (as of a nation) attributable to land as a factor of production in addition to capital and labor
for rent
: available for use or service in return for payment

Origin and Etymology of rent

Middle English rente, from Anglo-French, payment, income, from Vulgar Latin *rendita, from feminine of *renditus, past participle of *rendere to yield — more at render


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rent

verb

Definition of rent

transitive verb
1 : to grant the possession and enjoyment of in exchange for rent
2 : to take and hold under an agreement to pay rent
intransitive verb
1 : to be for rent
2 a : to obtain the possession and use of a place or article in exchange for rent
b : to allow the possession and use of property in exchange for rent

rentability

play \ˌren-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

rentable

play \ˈren-tə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of rent in a Sentence

  1. We rented our friends' cottage for the month of August.

  2. Do you own or rent?

  3. We rented them the upstairs apartment in our house.

  4. The cottage rents for $400 a week.

First Known Use of rent

15th century

rent Synonyms

Synonyms
lease, let [chiefly British]
Related Words
charter, engage, hire; lodge; sublease, sublet; rack-rent

Synonym Discussion of rent

hire, let, lease, rent, charter mean to engage or grant for use at a price. hire and let, strictly speaking, are complementary terms, hire implying the act of engaging or taking for use and let the granting of use.
    • we hired a car for the summer
    • decided to let the cottage to a young couple
lease strictly implies a letting under the terms of a contract but is often applied to hiring on a lease.
    • the diplomat leased an apartment for a year
rent stresses the payment of money for the full use of property and may imply either hiring or letting.
    • instead of buying a house, they decided to rent
    • will not rent to families with children
charter applies to the hiring or letting of a vehicle usually for exclusive use.
    • charter a bus to go to the game

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rent

Definition of rent

  • past tense and past participle of rend

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rent

noun

Definition of rent

1 : an opening made by or as if by rending
2 : a split in a party or organized group : schism
3 : an act or instance of rending

Origin and Etymology of rent

English dialect rent to rend, from Middle English, alteration of renden — more at rend


RENT Defined for English Language Learners

rent

verb

Definition of rent for English Language Learners

  • : to pay money in return for being able to use (something that belongs to someone else)

  • : to allow someone to use (something) in return for payment

  • : to be available for use in return for payment : to be for rent


RENT Defined for Kids

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rent

noun \ ˈrent \

Definition of rent for Students

: money paid for the use of another's property
for rent
: available for use at a price

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rent

verb

Definition of rent for Students

rented; renting
1 : to pay money in exchange for the use of someone else's property
2 : to give the possession and use of in return for for an agreed upon amount of money
  • The couple rented their cottage to friends.
3 : to be available for use at a price
  • The house rents for $700 a month.

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rent

Definition of rent for Students

  • past tense and past participle of rend

Law Dictionary

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rent

noun

legal Definition of rent

1 a : a return made by a tenant or occupant of real property to the owner for possession and use thereof; especially : a sum of money agreed upon between a landlord and tenant for the use of real property
b in the civil law of Louisiana : a contract by which one party conveys to another to hold as owner a tract of land or other immovable property in perpetuity in exchange for payment of an annual sum or quantity of fruits
c : the amount paid by a hirer of personal property to the owner for the use thereof
d : a royalty under a mineral lease
2 : the portion of the income of an economy (as of a nation) attributable to land as a factor of production in addition to capital and labor
for rent
: available for use or service in return for payment

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rent

transitive verb

legal Definition of rent

1 : to grant the possession and enjoyment of in exchange for rent
2 : to take and hold under an agreement to pay rent
intransitive verb
1 : to be for rent
2 a : to obtain use and possession of a place or property in exchange for rent
b : to allow the possession and use of property in exchange for rent

renter

also rentor \ˈren-tər\ noun


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