Meaning of RENT in English

I. ˈrent noun

Etymology: Middle English rente, from Anglo-French, payment, income, from Vulgar Latin * rendita, from feminine of * renditus, past participle of * rendere to yield — more at render

Date: 12th century

1. : property (as a house) rented or for rent


a. : a usually fixed periodical return made by a tenant or occupant of property to the owner for the possession and use thereof ; especially : an agreed sum paid at fixed intervals by a tenant to the landlord

b. : the amount paid by a hirer of personal property to the owner for the use thereof


a. : the portion of the income of an economy (as of a nation) attributable to land as a factor of production in addition to capital and labor

b. : economic rent

- for rent

II. verb

Date: 15th century

transitive verb

1. : to grant the possession and enjoyment of in exchange for rent

2. : to take and hold under an agreement to pay rent

intransitive verb

1. : to be for rent


a. : to obtain the possession and use of a place or article in exchange for rent

b. : to allow the possession and use of property in exchange for rent

Synonyms: see hire

• rent·abil·i·ty ˌren-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē noun

• rent·able ˈren-tə-bəl adjective


past and past participle of rend

IV. noun

Etymology: English dialect rent to rend, from Middle English, alteration of renden — more at rend

Date: 1535

1. : an opening made by or as if by rending

2. : a split in a party or organized group : schism

3. : an act or instance of rending

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.