- Rent is money paid for the use of a property or home belonging to someone else.
An example of rent is what you pay to your landlord to live in your apartment.
- To rent is to pay for the temporary use of something.
An example of rent is when you pay to live in an apartment owned by someone else.
rent definition by Webster's New World
- a stated return or payment for the temporary possession or use of a house, land, or other property, made, usually at fixed intervals, by the tenant or user to the owner
- real estate or other property yielding an income
- income; revenue
- income from the use of land
- an additional amount paid or accruing to the owner of an economic resource, as a tract of land, that is the result of some special or unique attribute, as a desirable location
Origin: Middle English ; from Old French rente ; from Late Latin an unverified form rendita (pp. of an unverified form rendere: see render), for Classical Latin reddita (pecunia), paid (money)
- to get temporary possession and use of (a house, land, etc.) by paying rent
- to get the temporary use of (a car, tool, furniture, etc.) by paying a fee
- to give temporary possession and use of in return for the payment of rent or a fee; lease or let: often with out
- ☆ to be leased or let for rent or a fee
- to lease or let a place or thing
- rentable adjective
- a hole or gap made by rending or tearing, as a torn place in cloth, a fissure in the earth, etc.
- a breach of relations, as between persons or in an organized group; schism
Origin: noun use of obsolete or dialect, dialectal rent, variant, variety of rend
rent definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. Payment, usually of an amount fixed by contract, made by a tenant at specified intervals in return for the right to occupy or use the property of another.b. A similar payment made for the use of a facility, equipment, or service provided by another.
- The return derived from cultivated or improved land after deduction of all production costs.
- The revenue yielded by a piece of land in excess of that yielded by the poorest or least favorably located land under equal market conditions. Also called economic rent.
- To obtain occupancy or use of (another's property) in return for regular payments.
- To grant temporary occupancy or use of (one's own property or a service) in return for regular payments: rents out TV sets.
Origin: Middle English rente, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *rendita, from feminine past participle of *rendere, to yield, return; see render.
- rentˌa·bilˈi·ty noun
- rentˈa·ble adjective
- An opening made by rending; a rip.
- A breach of relations between persons or groups; a rift.
Origin: Short for parent.Our Living Language When young people talk about their rents, that is, their parents, they are using a slang term that is of interest to language historians, if not necessarily thrilling for parents themselves. The term is a prime example of one of the fundamental characteristics of slang, which continually creates novel ways of expressing what are often rather ordinary things (if parents may be considered ordinary things). Slang has recently produced two expressions for “parents” that have gained wide currency—rents and parental units. Both expressions demonstrate slang's use of unusual or creative linguistic means to achieve novelty of expression. While there are many slang terms, such as bod for body or rad for radical, that result from the clipping of unstressed syllables, rents is a clipping that drops a stressed syllable, much like the similar term za, “pizza.” The desire to coin new ways of referring to things also leads speakers of slang to use circumlocutions like knuckle sandwich for “punch.” Parental units falls into this category. It plays on the jargon of bureaucrats and social science, in which the world is viewed as so much data waiting to be quantified. The appearance of terms such as rents and parental units also shows that all available styles and levels of language can be grist for slang's mill—so long as the material is perceived as irreverent, funny, or just plain cool.
rent - Business Definition
- Regular payment for the use of property.
- See economic rent.
rent - Legal Definition
rent - Phrases/Idioms
Variant of rend
- to tear, pull, or rip with violence: with from, off, away, etc.
- to tear, pull apart, rip up, or split with violence [a tree rent by lightning]: often used figuratively [a roar rends the air]
- to tear (one's clothing) to show grief, anguish, etc.
Origin: Middle English renden ; from Old English rendan, akin to Old Frisian renda ; from Indo-European base an unverified form rendh-, to tear apart from source rind, Sanskrit randhram, fissure, split