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

As recently as this week, Movsesyan has been demanding payment from the owner of a local car rental company that Nessel's office investigated for unlawful business practices. Joe Guillen, Detroit Free Press, "Dana Nessel campaign consultant extorted local car rental business, lawsuit claims," 6 Sep. 2019 Skip to main content (Photo: Mary Altaffer, AP) In yet another sign of how the retail industry is being transformed, Le Tote, a clothing rental company, will purchase luxury retailer Lord & Taylor. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, "Le Tote to buy Lord & Taylor, enabling Hudson's Bay Company to focus more on Saks," 28 Aug. 2019 The office-rental company listed an offering size of $1 billion, which is typically a placeholder that will be revised when terms of the share sale are set later. Liana Baker, Fortune, "WeWork’s IPO Filing Reveals Revenue Growth and Cash Burn," 14 Aug. 2019 This was the genesis of The Everset, a furniture rental company Steinberg is launching today in New York City along with furniture retailer Jonathan Mitrani and designer Megan Hopp. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Furniture rental space gains a new player with launch of The Everset," 30 July 2019 According to Alex Youn, a spokesperson for the electric-scooter rental company Lime, the fine has been paid and all Lime scooters have been retrieved from city impound lots. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego impounds 2,500 electronic scooters during Comic Con," 24 July 2019 Three employees of a jet ski rental company and two foreign tourists were among the injured, though the extent of their injuries was unclear, Ogliaruso said. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "Lightning strike at Florida beach leaves 8 injured," 21 July 2019 Short-term apartment rental companies with a new twist on a classic concept are colonizing downtown Chicago buildings. Joanne Cleaver, chicagotribune.com, "Like Airbnb-hotel hybrids, short-term rental startups are setting up shop in Chicago," 15 July 2019 Starting April 15, the popular clothing-rental company will expand to include a children's line. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Rent the Runway Just Launched a New Rental Service for Kids' Special-Occasion Clothes," 5 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Authorities have said the house that burned Sunday morning in the 700 block of Kennedy Street NW had been occupied by multiple tenants but was not approved for rental units. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "9-year-old boy badly injured in D.C. fire has died," 21 Aug. 2019 Less than 6% of local rental units are vacant, RealPage found in its midyear survey. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Dallas apartment renters are wooed with giveaways," 16 Aug. 2019 The home is set up as a triplex, with a deck overlooking the backyard, above a garden-level rental unit. Michael Kolomatsky, New York Times, "The Most Popular Listings of July," 15 Aug. 2019 The office, stationed within the Portland Housing Bureau, enforces fair-housing laws, mediates landlord-tenant disputes and maintains a registry of rental units. oregonlive.com, "Portland City Council OKs yearly $60 per unit landlord fee," 7 Aug. 2019 The Census Bureau says a complex set of social and economic challenges contribute to why Latino children are overlooked, citing, among other factors, language barriers and frequent moves between rental units for some families. Los Angeles Times, "Trump won’t get a citizenship question on the census, but Latino kids may still be undercounted," 6 Aug. 2019 The figure is based on a cost range of $0 to $15,000 to remediate more than 39,000 rental units. Rachel Dissell, cleveland.com, "Cleveland lead-safe law could drive up rents, cost property owners $128.5 million to comply, analysis says," 1 Aug. 2019 The 1980s saw a record boom in housing construction, reaching a high of 28,000 of single-family houses, condos and rental units. Kenneth R. Gosselin, courant.com, "New home construction rises in Connecticut in 2018, but what’s holding back more impressive gains?," 27 July 2019 At the time, a representative for the firm said DDI intended to fully renovate the property and subdivide its giant apartments into smaller rental units. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "10 Detroit projects that were announced — but never happened," 20 July 2019

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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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