- 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.
- 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 of rentMiddle 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
- 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 of rentnoun use of obsolete or dialect, dialectal rent, variant, variety of rend
- 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 difference between the price paid for use of a resource whose supply is inelastic and the minimum price at which that resource would still be provided. Also called economic rent.
verbrent·ed, rent·ing, rents
- 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 of rentMiddle English rente, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *rendita, from feminine past participle of *rendere, to yield, return; see render.
- An opening made by rending; a rip.
- A breach of relations between persons or groups; a rift.
- A payment made by a tenant at intervals in order to occupy a property.
- A similar payment for the use of equipment or a service.
- (economics) A profit from possession of a valuable right, as a restricted license to engage in a trade or business.
- A New York city taxicab license earns more than $10,000 a year in rent.
- An object for which rent is charged or paid.
- Alexander Pope
- So bought an annual rent or two, / And liv'd, just as you see I do.
(third-person singular simple present rents, present participle renting, simple past and past participle rented)
Old French rente, from Vulgar Latin rendere (“to render").
- Simple past tense and past participle of rend.
Middle English renten (“to tear"). Variant form of renden.
rent - Legal Definition
Variant of rend
transitive verbrent, rending
- 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 of rendMiddle 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