— rentability , n. — rentable , adj.
/rent/ , n.
1. a payment made periodically by a tenant to a landlord in return for the use of land, a building, an apartment, an office, or other property.
2. a payment or series of payments made by a lessee to an owner in return for the use of machinery, equipment, etc.
3. Econ. the excess of the produce or return yielded by a given piece of cultivated land over the cost of production; the yield from a piece of land or real estate.
4. profit or return derived from any differential advantage in production.
5. Obs. revenue or income.
6. for rent , available to be rented, as a home or store: an apartment for rent.
7. to grant the possession and enjoyment of (property, machinery, etc.) in return for the payment of rent from the tenant or lessee. (often fol. by out ).
8. to take and hold (property, machinery, etc.) in return for the payment of rent to the landlord or owner.
9. to be leased or let for rent: This apartment rents cheaply.
10. to lease or let property.
11. to take possession of and use property by paying rent: She rents from a friend.
[ 1125-75; (n.) ME rente rendita, fem. ptp. of * rendere (see RENDER 1 ); (v.) ME renten renter, deriv. of rente ]
Syn. 8. lease, let. See hire .
/rent/ , n.
1. an opening made by rending or tearing; slit; fissure.
2. a breach of relations or union between individuals or groups; schism.
3. pt. and pp. of rend .
[ 1325-75 for v. sense; 1525-35 for def. 1; ME; see REND ]
Syn. 1. tear, split, rift, cleft, rip, rupture, fracture. 2. division, separation.