Synonyms of rent

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1 a long deep cut
  • getting her skirt caught on a nail resulted in a four-inch rent that she couldn't possibly repair

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2 an open space in a barrier (as a wall or hedge)
  • peered through the rent in the old garden wall for a glimpse of her mysterious new neighbor

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Synonyms of rent (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to give the possession and use of (something) in return for periodic payment
  • we rented the apartment to a college student for $500 a month

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2 to take or get the temporary use of (something) for a set sum
  • will need to rent a car while we're in Europe

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Frequently Asked Questions About rent

How is the word rent different from other verbs like it?

Some common synonyms of rent are charter, hire, lease, and let. While all these words mean "to engage or grant for use at a price," 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

Where would charter be a reasonable alternative to rent?

The words charter and rent can be used in similar contexts, but charter applies to the hiring or letting of a vehicle usually for exclusive use.

charter a bus to go to the game

How are the words hire and let related as synonyms of rent?

Both 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

When would lease be a good substitute for rent?

The meanings of lease and rent largely overlap; however, 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

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The first known use of rent was in the 12th century

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“Rent.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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