See also: Rent and -rent

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  • enPR: rĕnt, IPA(key): /ɹɛnt/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛnt

Etymology 1 edit

From Middle English rent, rente, from Old French rente, from Early Medieval Latin rendita, from Late Latin rendere, from Latin reddere.

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rent (countable and uncountable, plural rents)

  1. A payment made by a tenant at intervals in order to lease a property.
    I am asking £300 a week rent.
    • 1918, W[illiam] B[abington] Maxwell, chapter XVII, in The Mirror and the Lamp, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, →OCLC:
      This time was most dreadful for Lilian. Thrown on her own resources and almost penniless, she maintained herself and paid the rent of a wretched room near the hospital by working as a charwoman, sempstress, anything.
    • 1987, “Rent”, in Actually, performed by Pet Shop Boys:
      We never ever argue, we never calculate / The currency we've spent / I love you, you pay my rent
  2. A similar payment for the use of a product, equipment or a service.
  3. (economics) A profit from possession of a valuable right, as a restricted license to engage in a trade or business.
    A New York city taxicab license earns more than $10,000 a year in rent.
  4. An object for which rent is charged or paid.
  5. (obsolete) Income; revenue.
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rent (third-person singular simple present rents, present participle renting, simple past and past participle rented)

  1. (transitive) To take a lease of premises in exchange for rent.
    I rented a house from my friend's parents for a year.
  2. (transitive, informal) To grant a lease in return for rent.
    We rented our house to our son's friend for a year.
  3. (transitive) To obtain or have temporary possession of an object (e.g. a movie) in exchange for money.
  4. (intransitive, informal) To be leased or let for rent.
    The house rents for five hundred dollars a month.
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Etymology 2 edit

From Middle English renten (to tear). Variant form of renden.

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rent (plural rents)

  1. A tear or rip in some surface.
    • 1876, [Mary Elizabeth Braddon], “The Cruel Crawling Foam”, in Joshua Haggard’s Daughter [], volume I, London: John Maxwell and Co. [], →OCLC, page 1:
      [O]ne streak of copper-coloured light made a narrow rent between sea and sky.
    • 1913, D[avid] H[erbert] Lawrence, chapter X, in Sons and Lovers, London: Duckworth & Co. [], →OCLC:
      The brown paint on the door was so old that the naked wood showed between the rents.
    • 2020 September 23, Paul Bigland, “The tragic tale of the Tay Bridge disaster”, in Rail, page 81:
      The oscillations were getting so severe that painters on the bridge learned to tie down their tins before a train passed. They found holes and rents in the iron but never reported them as they were never asked, and it wasn't their job. These were deferential times, and few wanted to talk out of turn.
  2. A division or schism.
    • 2002, Michael B. Oren, Six Days of War: June 1967:
      [T]he White House was considering sending Vice President Humphrey to Cairo to patch up the many rents in U.S.—Egyptian relations.
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rent

  1. simple past and past participle of rend

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rent (comparative more rent, superlative most rent)

  1. That has been torn or rent; ripped; torn.
    • 1886 October – 1887 January, H[enry] Rider Haggard, She: A History of Adventure, London: Longmans, Green, and Co., published 1887, →OCLC:
      Indeed, we could clearly make out the arch and stony banks of this second cave, and, from their rent and jagged appearance, discovered that, like the first long passage down which we had passed through the cliff before we reached the quivering spur, it had, to all appearance, been torn in the bowels of the rock by the terrific force of some explosive gas.
    • 1898, George Bernard Shaw, Caesar and Cleopatra:
      Cleopatra is rent by a struggle between her newly-acquired dignity as a queen, and a strong impulse to put out her tongue at him.

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  • IPA(key): /reːˀnt/, [ˈʁæˀnd̥]

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rent

  1. neuter singular of ren

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rent

  1. purely (morally)
  2. purely (excluding other possibility)
  3. quite, completely

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rent

  1. inflection of rennen:
    1. second/third-person singular present indicative
    2. (archaic) plural imperative

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rent

  1. rent: income; revenue

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rent

  1. neuter singular of ren

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rent

  1. purely

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rent

  1. past participle of renne

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rent

  1. past participle of renna

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rent f

  1. genitive plural of renta

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rent

  1. indefinite neuter singular of ren

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rent (comparative renare, superlative renast)

  1. cleanly
  2. purely

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From Middle English rounde, from Old French reont, from Latin rotundus.

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rent

  1. round
    • 1927, “ZONG OF TWI MAARKEET MOANS”, in THE ANCIENT DIALECT OF THE BARONIES OF FORTH AND BARGY, COUNTY WEXFORD, page 129, line 12:
      "Swingale," co the umost, "thou liest well a rent,
      "Swindle," said the other, "you know quite well,

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  • Kathleen A. Browne (1927) The Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland Sixth Series, Vol.17 No.2, Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, page 129