rent·er | \ˈren-tər \

Definition of renter 

: one that rents specifically : the lessee or tenant of property

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Synonyms & Antonyms for renter


boarder, lessee, lodger, roomer, tenant


landlord, lessor, letter

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Examples of renter in a Sentence

one of the renters called to tell us the hot water heater was broken left our apartment keys at the renter's office just before leaving in the moving truck

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All San Diegans knew was that the chapel, which during World War II and later wars was the last place of worship for sailors shipping out, was shutting its doors to renters on June 30. Logan Jenkins,, "Cliff-hanger update: 3 damsels no longer distressed," 2 July 2018 Money earned would be shared between the renter and Niido. David Lyons,, "Home-sharing option is a growing cash cow for multi-unit developers, owners," 15 June 2018 Parc Midtown, with 306 apartments, has opened to renters on the former site of the Phoenix Motor Company Mercedes Benz dealership at Third Avenue and Indian School Road. Catherine Reagor, azcentral, "Central Phoenix Mercedes dealership property turned into new apartments," 8 June 2018 Opponents object to the fact that the measure applied to renters of all income levels, including the wealthy, without means testing to determine if the person getting evicted is in need of free legal assistance. J.k. Dineen, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF Measure F — to give tax-funded legal help to tenants facing eviction — is neck and neck in early returns," 5 June 2018 Romem goes so far as to say these migration patterns have created a new class distinction between renters and current property owners, who benefit from seemingly endless future demand. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "The great sorting out: U.S. cities polarized along income, education," 4 Apr. 2018 Just 20 percent of listings included in-unit facilities, but 54 percent of renters were looking for them. Shannon Rooney,, "What do Philly renters want most? Private laundry, air conditioning, parking," 9 July 2018 Nearly 60 percent of renters across the country are looking to buy in the next five years. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Rosy housing outlook in Houston in line with LA, San Diego," 27 June 2018 In the City of Milwaukee, 30% of renters spend at least half of their household income on rent, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. James E. Causey Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The ache of segregation: One woman's journey from city to the burbs," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of renter

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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rent·er | \ˈren-tər \

Kids Definition of renter

: a person who pays money for the use of something (as a place to live)

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