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Definition of rend verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    rend something (old use or )Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rend
    he / she / it rends
    past simple rent
    -ing form rending
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  1. 1(literary) to tear something apart with force or violence They rent their clothes in grief.
  2. 2(figurative) a country rent in two by civil war
  3. 3(figurative) Loud screams rent the air. see also heart-rending
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: rend