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