rental

noun
rent·​al | \ ˈren-tᵊl How to pronounce rental (audio) \

Definition of rental

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an amount paid or collected as rent
2 : something that is rented
3 : an act of renting
4 : a business that rents something

rental

adjective

Definition of rental (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : of or relating to rent
b : available for rent
2 : dealing in rental property a rental agency

Examples of rental in a Sentence

Noun

thousands of dollars paid in rental There are restrictions against rentals to people with pets. The movie is available for rental. Boat rentals are available on the island. I had a rental while my car was being repaired.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Decades of travel industry mergers have created several dominant airlines, car rental companies, hotels and cruise lines. Christopher Elliott, Washington Post, "Do travelers deserve bad service?," 10 July 2019 The city of Milwaukee sued scooter rental company Bird Rides Inc. last year after the company started renting scooters there without a regulatory framework. chicagotribune.com, "Wisconsin’s governor is ready to legalize electric scooters across the state," 8 July 2019 Is this for cost savings for the car companies, or do rental companies just buy cars with black interiors? Ray Magliozzi, courant.com, "Car Talk: How much is my Honda CRV worth?," 30 June 2019 Similar debates are playing out in popular tourist destinations around the country as local governments struggle to keep up with the growing popularity of short-term rental companies. Paris Martineau, WIRED, "How 9 People Built an Illegal $5M Airbnb Empire in New York," 24 June 2019 There is just one catch — scooter rental companies like Bird and Lime cannot operate in Manhattan. New York Times, "Electric Scooters Are Coming to New York, But You Can’t Rent One in Manhattan," 19 June 2019 Bird and San Francisco’s Lime are by far the two largest e-scooter rental companies. Carolyn Said, SFChronicle.com, "Bird snatches up Scoot in electric scooter deal," 12 June 2019 Palm Beach County offered a compromise to Airbnb and other vacation rental companies on Tuesday, but its tax-collection proposals may be insufficient to settle lawsuits that have lasted for five years. Lois K. Solomon, sun-sentinel.com, "Airbnb rule changes may not end lawsuits," 4 June 2019 Today, Rent the Runway and West Elm announced an unbeatable partnership to bring the fashion rental company's unlimited subscribers the option to rent home decor. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "West Elm Has Partnered With Rent the Runway So You Can Try Unlimited Home Decor," 7 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The Oregon Department of Justice frequently places rental and other real estate scams among its top 10 consumer complaints. oregonlive.com, "Beaverton man scams would-be renters out of thousands, police say," 9 July 2019 How far your dollar go in the Sunnyvale rental market? Hoodline, The Mercury News, "Renting in Sunnyvale: What you can find for $2,800," 9 July 2019 The slowest rising rents in May were in Birmingham, which is the third most expensive large rental market in Alabama. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al.com, "Where is rent going up fastest in Alabama?," 20 June 2019 Since the Vancouver tax was enacted in 2017, about half of the homes that had been held vacant reportedly have returned to the rental market. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Housing Commission considers tax on vacant homes," 14 June 2019 The construction boom is especially noteworthy because most of the new projects are apartments, and the bevy of new housing opening up in the city in recent years has resulted in a slowing rental market — but developers seem undeterred. Mike Rosenberg, The Seattle Times, "Seattle construction still booming and won’t end anytime soon," 19 Feb. 2019 By working together with those developers to take a single floor off the regular rental market—for exclusive Guild use—the team can ensure that everything is up to its standards and design continuity. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Guild Is Putting Luxury Hotel Rooms in Apartment Buildings," 9 Oct. 2018 That led the 20 largest rental markets, with Tampa second at 5.5 percent. Bill Zimmerman, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando's rent increases among top in U.S., survey finds," 14 June 2018 The rental market is no better, with the median rent at $1,043. Dylan Jackson, miamiherald, "South Florida home prices and rents are already expensive. And they could soon get worse.," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of rental

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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rental

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rental

: the amount of money paid or collected as rent
: the act of renting something
chiefly US : something that can be rented

rental

noun
rent·​al | \ ˈren-tᵊl How to pronounce rental (audio) \

Kids Definition of rental

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an amount paid or collected as rent

rental

adjective

Kids Definition of rental (Entry 2 of 2)

: relating to or available for rent

rental

noun
rent·​al

Legal Definition of rental

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an amount paid or collected as rent
2 : something that is rented
3 : an act of renting
4 : a business that rents something

rental

adjective

Legal Definition of rental (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : of or relating to rent
b : available for rent rental property
2 : dealing in rental property a rental agency

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