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Dictionary Definition



1 a regular payment by a tenant to a landlord for use of some property
2 an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart; "there was a rip in his pants"; "she had snags in her stockings" [syn: rip, snag, split, tear]
3 the return derived from cultivated land in excess of that derived from the poorest land cultivated under similar conditions [syn: economic rent]
4 the act of rending or ripping or splitting something; "he gave the envelope a vigorous rip" [syn: rip, split]


1 let for money; "We rented our apartment to friends while we were abroad" [syn: lease]
2 grant use or occupation of under a term of contract; "I am leasing my country estate to some foreigners" [syn: lease, let]
3 engage for service under a term of contract; "We took an apartment on a quiet street"; "Let's rent a car"; "Shall we take a guide in Rome?" [syn: lease, hire, charter, engage, take]
4 hold under a lease or rental agreement; of goods and services [syn: hire, charter, lease]rend v : tear or be torn violently; "The curtain ripped from top to bottom"; "pull the cooked chicken into strips" [syn: rip, rive, pull] [also: rent]rent See rend

User Contributed Dictionary



  • , /rɛnt/, /rEnt/
    Rhymes: -ɛnt

Etymology 1

etyl fro rente, from rendere.


  1. A payment made by a tenant at intervals in order to occupy a property.
  2. A similar payment for the use of equipment or a service.
payment made by a tenant
payment made for the use of equipment or a service


  1. To occupy premises in exchange for rent.
  2. To grant occupation in return for rent.
to occupy premises in exchange for rent

Etymology 2

etyl enm renten. Variant form of renden.


  1. A tear or rip in some surface.
  2. A division or schism between two things.
a tear or rip


  1. past of rend



  1. third-person singular present tense of rennen



  1. see ren



Extensive Definition

Rent may refer to:
  • Renting, a system of payment for the temporary use of something owned by someone else
  • Economic rent, in economics, a payment to a factor of production in excess of that which is needed to keep it employed in its current use
  • Rent (musical), a stage musical by Jonathan Larson, directed by Michael Greif
    • Rent (film), a 2005 movie version of the musical, directed by Chris Columbus
  • Rent (song), a 1980s pop music hit from the Pet Shop Boys
  • The Rent Collector, a 1921 film starring Oliver Hardy
  • an abbreviation of rent boy or rentboy, a slang term for a male prostitute
rent in German: Rent
rent in Dutch: Rent
rent in Simple English: Rent
rent in Swedish: Rent

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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