I. noun Etymology: Middle English rente, from Anglo-French, payment, income, from Vulgar Latin *rendita, from feminine of *renditus, past participle of *rendere to yield — more at render Date: 12th century 1. property (as a house) rented or for rent 2. a. a usually fixed periodical return made by a tenant or occupant of property to the owner for the possession and use thereof; especially an agreed sum paid at fixed intervals by a tenant to the landlord b. the amount paid by a hirer of personal property to the owner for the use thereof 3. a. the portion of the income of an economy (as of a nation) attributable to land as a factor of production in addition to capital and labor b. economic rent II. verb Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. to grant the possession and enjoyment of in exchange for rent 2. to take and hold under an agreement to pay rent intransitive verb 1. to be for rent 2. a. to obtain the possession and use of a place or article in exchange for rent b. to allow the possession and use of property in exchange for rent Synonyms: see hirerentability nounrentable adjective III. past and past participle of rend IV. noun Etymology: English dialect rent to rend, from Middle English, alteration of renden — more at rend Date: 1535 1. an opening made by or as if by rending 2. a split in a party or organized group ; schism 3. an act or instance of rending

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