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English Dictionary: rent by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
rent
n
  1. a payment or series of payments made by the lessee to an owner for use of some property, facility, equipment, or service
  2. an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart; "there was a rip in his pants"; "she had snags in her stockings"
    Synonym(s): rip, rent, snag, split, tear
  3. the return derived from cultivated land in excess of that derived from the poorest land cultivated under similar conditions
    Synonym(s): economic rent, rent
  4. the act of rending or ripping or splitting something; "he gave the envelope a vigorous rip"
    Synonym(s): rent, rip, split
v
  1. let for money; "We rented our apartment to friends while we were abroad"
    Synonym(s): rent, lease
  2. grant use or occupation of under a term of contract; "I am leasing my country estate to some foreigners"
    Synonym(s): lease, let, rent
  3. 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?"
    Synonym(s): lease, rent, hire, charter, engage, take
  4. hold under a lease or rental agreement; of goods and services
    Synonym(s): rent, hire, charter, lease
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Rent \Rent\, n. (Polit. Econ.)
      (a) That portion of the produce of the earth paid to the
            landlord for the use of the [bd]original and
            indestructible powers of the soil;[b8] the excess of the
            return from a given piece of cultivated land over that
            from land of equal area at the [bd]margin of
            cultivation.[b8] Called also {economic, [or] Ricardian,
            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.
      (b) 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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Rend \Rend\ (r[ecr]nd), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Rent} (r?nt); p.
      pr. & vb. n. {Rending}.] [AS. rendan, hrendan; cf. OFries.
      renda, randa, Fries. renne to cut, rend, Icel. hrinda to
      push, thrust, AS. hrindan; or cf. Icel. r[?]na to rob,
      plunder, Ir. rannaim to divide, share, part, W. rhanu, Armor.
      ranna.]
      1. To separate into parts with force or sudden violence; to
            tear asunder; to split; to burst; as, powder rends a rock
            in blasting; lightning rends an oak.
  
                     The dreadful thunder Doth rend the region. --Shak.
  
      2. To part or tear off forcibly; to take away by force.
  
                     An empire from its old foundations rent. --Dryden.
  
                     I will surely rend the kingdom from thee. --1 Kings
                                                                              xi. 11.
  
      {To rap and rend}. See under {Rap}, v. t., to snatch.
  
      Syn: To tear; burst; break; rupture; lacerate; fracture;
               crack; split.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Rent \Rent\ (r?nt), v. i.
      To rant. [R. & Obs.] --Hudibras.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Rent \Rent\, n. [From {Rend}.]
      1. An opening made by rending; a break or breach made by
            force; a tear.
  
                     See what a rent the envious Casca made. --Shak.
  
      2. Figuratively, a schism; a rupture of harmony; a
            separation; as, a rent in the church.
  
      Syn: Fissure; breach; disrupture; rupture; tear;
               dilaceration; break; fracture.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Rent \Rent\,
      imp. & p. p. of {Rend}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Rent \Rent\, v. t.
      To tear. See {Rend}. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Rent \Rent\, n. [F. rente, LL. renta, fr. L. reddita, fem. sing.
      or neut. pl. of redditus, p. p. of reddere to give back, pay.
      See {Render}.]
      1. Income; revenue. See {Catel}. [Obs.] [bd]Catel had they
            enough and rent.[b8] --Chaucer.
  
                     [Bacchus] a waster was and all his rent In wine and
                     bordel he dispent.                              --Gower.
  
                     So bought an annual rent or two, And liv'd, just as
                     you see I do.                                    --Pope.
  
      2. Pay; reward; share; toll. [Obs.]
  
                     Death, that taketh of high and low his rent.
                                                                              --Chaucer.
  
      3. (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.
  
      Note: The term rent is also popularly applied to compensation
               for the use of certain personal chattels, as a piano, a
               sewing machine, etc.
  
      {Black rent}. See {Blackmail}, 3.
  
      {Forehand rent}, rent which is paid in advance; foregift.
  
      {Rent arrear}, rent in arrears; unpaid rent. --Blackstone.
  
      {Rent charge} (Law), a rent reserved on a conveyance of land
            in fee simple, or granted out of lands by deed; -- so
            called because, by a covenant or clause in the deed of
            conveyance, the land is charged with a distress for the
            payment of it. --Bouvier.
  
      {Rent roll}, a list or account of rents or income; a rental.
           
  
      {Rent seck} (Law), a rent reserved by deed, but without any
            clause of distress; barren rent. A power of distress was
            made incident to rent seck by Statute 4 George II. c. 28.
           
  
      {Rent service} (Eng. Law), rent reserved out of land held by
            fealty or other corporeal service; -- so called from such
            service being incident to it.
  
      {White rent}, a quitrent when paid in silver; -- opposed to
            black rent.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Rent \Rent\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Rented}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Renting}.] [F. renter. See {Rent}, n.]
      1. To grant the possession and enjoyment of, for a rent; to
            lease; as, the owwner of an estate or house rents it.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Rent \Rent\, v. i.
      To be leased, or let for rent; as, an estate rents for five
      hundred dollars a year.

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary [easton]:
   Rent
      (Isa. 3:24), probably a rope, as rendered in the LXX. and
      Vulgate and Revised Version, or as some prefer interpreting the
      phrase, "girdle and robe are torn [i.e., are 'a rent'] by the
      hand of violence."
     
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