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Definition of rend verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

rend

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//rend//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rend//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rend
BrE BrE//rend//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rend//
 
he / she / it rends
BrE BrE//rendz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rendz//
 
past simple rent
BrE BrE//rent//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rent//
 
past participle rent
BrE BrE//rent//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rent//
 
-ing form rending
BrE BrE//ˈrendɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrendɪŋ//
 
 
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rend something (old use or literary) to tear something apart with force or violence They rent their clothes in grief. (figurative) a country rent in two by civil war (figurative) Loud screams rent the air. see also heart-rending Word Origin Old English rendan; related to Middle Low German rende.
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