rent, rip, split

(noun) the act of rending or ripping or splitting something; “he gave the envelope a vigorous rip”

rip, rent, snag, split, tear

(noun) an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart; “there was a rip in his pants”; “she had snags in her stockings”


(noun) a payment or series of payments made by the lessee to an owner for use of some property, facility, equipment, or service

lease, rent, hire, charter, engage, take

(verb) 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?”

lease, let, rent

(verb) grant use or occupation of under a term of contract; “I am leasing my country estate to some foreigners”

rent, lease

(verb) let for money; “We rented our apartment to friends while we were abroad”

rent, hire, charter, lease

(verb) hold under a lease or rental agreement; of goods and services


rend, rip, rive, pull

(verb) tear or be torn violently; “The curtain ripped from top to bottom”; “pull the cooked chicken into strips”

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Proper noun


A surname.


• tern, tren

Etymology 1


rent (countable and uncountable, plural rents)

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.

An object for which rent is charged or paid.

(obsolete) Income; revenue.


rent (third-person singular simple present rents, present participle renting, simple past and past participle rented)

(transitive) To occupy premises in exchange for rent.

(transitive) To grant occupation in return for rent.

(transitive) To obtain or have temporary possession of an object (e.g. a movie) in exchange for money.

(intransitive) To be leased or let for rent.

Etymology 2


rent (plural rents)

A tear or rip in some surface.

A division or schism.



simple past tense and past participle of rend


• tern, tren

Source: Wiktionary

Rent (rnt), v. i.

Definition: To rant. [R. & Obs.] Hudibras.


Definition: imp. & p. p. of Rend.

Rent, n. Etym: [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 schim; a rupture of harmony; a separation; as, a rent in the church.


– Fissure; breach; disrupture; rupture; tear; diaceration; break; fracture.

Rent, v. t.

Definition: To tear. See Rend. [Obs.] Chaucer.

Rent, n. Etym: [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. Incone; revenue. See Catel. [Obs.] "Catel had they enough and rent." 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)

Definition: 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 chattles, 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 Statue 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.

Rent, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rented; p. pr. & vb. n. Renting.] Etym: [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.

2. To take and hold under an agreement to pay rent; as, the tennant rents an estate of the owner.

Rent, v. i.

Definition: To be leased, or let for rent; as, an estate rents for five hundred dollars a year.


Rend (rnd), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rent (rnt); p. pr. & vb. n. Rending.] Etym: [AS. rendan, hrendan; cf. OFries. renda, randa, Fries.renne to cut, rend, Icel. hrinda to push, thrust, AS. hrindan; or cf. Icel. r 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.


– To tear; burst; break; rupture; lacerate; fracture; crack; split.

Rend, v. i.

Definition: To be rent or torn; to become parted; to sepparate; to split. Jer. Taylor.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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