• WordNet 3.6
    • v rent 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?"
    • v rent grant use or occupation of under a term of contract "I am leasing my country estate to some foreigners"
    • v rent let for money "We rented our apartment to friends while we were abroad"
    • v rent hold under a lease or rental agreement; of goods and services
    • n rent the act of rending or ripping or splitting something "he gave the envelope a vigorous rip"
    • n rent an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart "there was a rip in his pants","she had snags in her stockings"
    • n rent a payment or series of payments made by the lessee to an owner for use of some property, facility, equipment, or service
    • n rent the return derived from cultivated land in excess of that derived from the poorest land cultivated under similar conditions
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A man, made poor by agricultural distress, selling something to a happy money lender in order to pay his rent A man, made poor by agricultural distress, selling something to a happy money lender in order to pay his rent
"Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces!" "Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces!"

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1984, a Canadian farmer began renting advertising space on his cows.
    • Rent rĕnt imp. & p. p. of Rend.
    • Rent (Law) A certain periodical profit, whether in money, provisions, chattels, or labor, issuing out of lands and tenements in payment for the use; commonly, a certain pecuniary sum agreed upon between a tenant and his landlord, paid at fixed intervals by the lessee to the lessor, for the use of land or its appendages; as, rent for a farm, a house, a park, etc.
    • Rent An opening made by rending; a break or breach made by force; a tear. "See what a rent the envious Casca made."
    • Rent Figuratively, a schism; a rupture of harmony; a separation; as, a rent in the church.
    • Rent Income; revenue. See Catel. "Catel had they enough and rent .""Bacchus] a waster was and all his rent In wine and bordel he dispent.""So bought an annual rent or two,
      And liv'd, just as you see I do."
    • Rent (Polit. Econ) Loosely, a return or profit from a differential advantage for production, as in case of income or earnings due to rare natural gifts creating a natural monopoly.
    • Rent Pay; reward; share; toll. "Death, that taketh of high and low his rent ."
    • Rent (Polit. Econ) That portion of the produce of the earth paid to the landlord for the use of the “original and indestructible powers of the soil;” the excess of the return from a given piece of cultivated land over that from land of equal area at the “margin of cultivation.” Called also economic rentorRicardian rent. Economic rent is due partly to differences of productivity, but chiefly to advantages of location; it is equivalent to ordinary or commercial rent less interest on improvements, and nearly equivalent to ground rent.
    • v. i Rent To be leased, or let for rent; as, an estate rents for five hundred dollars a year.
    • Rent To grant the possession and enjoyment of, for a rent; to lease; as, the owwner of an estate or house rents it.
    • v. i Rent rĕnt To rant.
    • Rent To take and hold under an agreement to pay rent; as, the tennant rents an estate of the owner.
    • v. t Rent rĕnt To tear. See Rend.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In hotels in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, every room is required to have twin beds. And the beds must always be a minimum of two feet apart when a couple rents a room for only one night. And it's illegal to make love on the floor between the beds.
    • n rent Preterit and past participle of rend.
    • rent An obsolete variant of rend.
    • n rent An opening made by rending or tearing; a tear; a fissure; a break or breach; a crevice or crack.
    • n rent A schism; a separation: as, a rent in the church.
    • n rent Synonyms Tear, rupture, rift.
    • n rent Income; revenue; receipts from any regular source.
    • n rent In law: A compensation or return made periodically, or fixed with reference to a period of time, for the possession and use of property of any kind.
    • n rent Technically, a definite compensation or return reserved by a lease, to be made periodically, or fixed with reference to a period of tenure, and payable in money, produce, or other chattels or labor, for the possession and use of land or buildings. Compensation of any other nature is not termed rent, because not enforceable in the same manner. The time of paying rents is either by the particular appointment of the parties in the deed, or by appointment of law, but the law does not control the express appointment of the parties, when such appointment will answer their intention. In England Michaelmas and Lady-day are the usual days appointed for payment of rents; and in Scotland Martinmas and Whitsunday.
    • n rent The right to such compensation, particularly in respect of lands. Rents, at common law, are of three kinds: rent-service, rent-charge or fee-farm rent, and rent-seck. Rent-service, is when some corporal service is incident to it, as by fealty and a sum of money; rent-charge, or fee-farm rent, is when the owner of the rent has no future interest or reversion expectant in the land, but the rent is reserved in the deed by a clause of distress for rent in arrear (in other words, it is a charge on lands, etc., in the form of rent, in favor of one who is not the landlord); rent-seck is a like rent, but without any clause of distress. There are also rents of assize, certain established rents of freeholders and copyholders of manors, which cannot be varied: also called quit-rents. These, when payable in silver, are called white rents, in contradistinction to rents reserved in work or the baser metals, called black rents or black mail.
    • n rent In political economics, that part of the produce of the soil which is left after deducting what is necessary to the support of the producers (including the wages of the laborers), the interest on the necessary capital, and a supply of seed for the next year; that part of the produce of a given piece of cultivated land which it yields over and above that yielded by the poorest land in cultivation under equal circumstances in respect to transportation, etc. The rent theoretically goes to the owner of the soil, whether cultivator or landlord. Also called economic rent.
    • n rent An endowment; revenue.
    • n rent See def. 2 .
    • n rent Rent paid in advance.
    • rent To endow; secure an income to.
    • rent To grant the possession and enjoyment of for a consideration in the nature of rent; let on lease.
    • rent To take and hold for a consideration in the nature of rent: as, the tenant rents his farm for a year.
    • rent To hire; obtain the use or benefit of for a consideration, without lease or other formality, but for a more or less extended time: as, to rent a row-boat; to rent a piano. Synonyms and Lease, etc. See hire.
    • rent To be leased or let for rent: as, an estate rents for five thousand dollars a year.
    • rent An obsolete variant of rant.
    • rent A Middle English contracted form of rendeth, 3d person singular present indicative of rend.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Salem, Massachesetts sleeping in the nude in a rented room is forbidden, even for married couples.
    • n Rent rent an opening made by rending: fissure: break: tear: a schism, as a rent in a church.
    • n Rent rent annual payment in return for the use of property held of another, esp. houses and lands: revenue
    • v.t Rent to hold or occupy by paying rent: to let, or to hire, for a rent
    • v.i Rent to be let for rent: to endow
    • pa.t., pa.p Rent rent of rend.
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  • Michael Caine
    Michael Caine
    “First of all, I choose the great [roles], and if none of these come, I choose the mediocre ones, and if they don't come, I choose the ones that pay the rent.”
  • Chungliang Al Huang
    Chungliang Al Huang
    “Many people treat their bodies as if they were rented from Hertz-something they are using to get around in but nothing they genuinely care about understanding.”
  • Robert Orben
    Robert Orben
    “More than ever before, Americans are suffering from back problems, back taxes, back rent, back auto payments.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Money can't buy happiness; it can, however, rent it.”
  • Shirley Anita Chisholm
    Shirley Anita Chisholm
    “Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth.”
  • Marian Wright Edelman
    Marian Wright Edelman
    “Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. rente, LL. renta, fr. L. reddita, fem. sing. or neut. pl. of redditus, p. p. of reddere, to give back, pay. See Render


In literature:

How much will you rent it to me for?
"The Gold Girl" by James B. Hendryx
Or he may pay the other heirs rent on their share of the farm.
"The Young Farmer: Some Things He Should Know" by Thomas Forsyth Hunt
It looked diff'rent to me.
"Odd Numbers" by Sewell Ford
Then, again, two of my houses are tenantless, and there are folks in two others that won't pay their rent, and I can't get them out.
"The Ghost" by William. D. O'Connor
Waste land was let to reclaim, the tenant being rent free for three years and paying a stipulated rent in the fourth year.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
If she died before my father, the question of rent was to be considered.
"The Birthright" by Joseph Hocking
Tell me what rent thee will ask, and I will take the place if I can.
"Reels and Spindles" by Evelyn Raymond
His hat was of battered felt with a rent in the creased crown.
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson
We rent a two-room house from Miss Ann Ruff.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Is it a question of rent?
"British Socialism" by J. Ellis Barker

In poetry:

'Tis freedom's birthday--blood-bought boon!
O war-rent flag! O soldier-shroud!
Thine be the glory--nor too soon
Is heard your "Cry aloud!"
"“The Liberty Bells”" by Mary Baker Eddy
But we, my Julia, not so blest,
Are doom'd a diff'rent fate to prove,—
To feel each joy and hope supprest
That flow from pure, but hidden, love.
"Song i" by Sir John Carr
The Lord their diff'rent language knows,
And diff'rent answers he bestows;
The humble soul with grace he crowns,
Whilst on the proud his anger frowns.
"Hymn 131" by Isaac Watts
"I am struck with the lightnings of cannon,
And rent with the earthquake of wars,
I yearn and look upward for pity,
Which can only be had of the stars.
"The Secret Of Nature" by Alexander Anderson
And backward in terror that foe was driven,
Their banners rent and their columns riven,
Wherever the tide of battle rolled
Over the Wilderness, wood and wold.
"Lee To The Rear" by John Reuben Thompson
To give to thousands whatsoe'er they seek,
Only belongs unto the King of kings —
Although in various languages they speak,
And ask at once a thousand diff'rent things.
"Concerning Prayer, And Its Proper Requisites" by Rees Prichard

In news:

About those Jay Bilas VCU Diff 'rent Strokes t-shirts.
He purchased $49,715 in gold coins from a Texas company and had them shipped to the rented mailbox, court records stated.
Limited supply in Calgary pushes rents higher.
Discounted rent at John Thomas Building would end.
Some colleges don't allow fridges, and others require that you rent them from the school itself.
The Winegar family from Salt Lake City, Utah rented bikes in Washington, DC and are seen here cycling to Mount Vernon along the Mt Vernon Bike Trail near Belle Haven Marina.
Rick Query, Special to The Oregonian Sometimes people rent storage units while they're selling their house or moving.
If you can't afford a new BMW 3 Series — or if you can and you want to take a long, realistic test drive without a salesman at your elbow — how about renting one for the hour, for the day, or for the weekend.
Once each week, one person will win their rent or mortgage paid by Action News.
The rented truck was rapidly filling with donated supplies.
In an effort to raise brand awareness and provide some comic relief for out-of-work construction workers, Volvo Rents launched its Hardhat Comedy Tour in November 2008 in Asheville, N.C.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Richardson & Rent-A-Wreck.
She tells NBC4's Denise Alex she has been renting the home for seven years, renting without renters insurance.
Location Chelsea Rent $1157.97 (rent stabilized) Square feet 400 Occupant Thomas Barton (founder-curator, Museum of Applied Trash.
New York City lost an estimated 6,022 rent- stabilized apartments in 2006, according to a new report from the city's Rent Guidelines Board.

In science:

RentalZappingPagingCILP is similar to RentalPagingCILP, and considers the rent-evictzap constraints before the cache-size constraints.
Caching with rental cost and zapping
Instead, we limit ourselves to briefly describing the various contributions to the EM cur rents which have been utilized in the GFMC calculations, and refer to Ref. for the formal expressions of the operators.
Quantum Monte Carlo calculations of magnetic moments and M1 transitions in $A \le 9$ nuclei
As a future work, we plan to improve the modeling of the DVB-RCS2 system in order to lead extensive studies of the global performance (tolerance to network load variations, transmission delay, size of the transfered files) when diffe rent access methods are introduced.
On the benefits of random access methods on TCP performance over DVB-RCS2
Why the pulsar would flicker on a timescale of seconds, for 10 seconds in total, as it does in PSR B0818−13 remains unclear; we have not been able to explain this behaviour with any cur rent pulsar theory.
Radio Pulsars
The aim of this workshop has been to define a well planned, cohe rent strategy to reach this goal, by performing the necessary measurements with currently existing and planned facilities.
Consensus Report of a Workshop on "Matrix elements for Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay"