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



    BrE BrE//ˈrendə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrendər//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they render
    BrE BrE//ˈrendə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrendər//
    he / she / it renders
    BrE BrE//ˈrendəz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrendərz//
    past simple rendered
    BrE BrE//ˈrendəd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrendərd//
    past participle rendered
    BrE BrE//ˈrendəd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrendərd//
    -ing form rendering
    BrE BrE//ˈrendərɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrendərɪŋ//
    Construction, Structures
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    cause somebody/something to be something
  1. 1render somebody/something + adj. (formal) to cause somebody/something to be in a particular state or condition synonym make to render something harmless/useless/ineffective Hundreds of people were rendered homeless by the earthquake.
  2. give help
  3. 2(formal) to give somebody something, especially in return for something or because it is expected render something to somebody/something They rendered assistance to the disaster victims. to render a service to somebody render somebody something to render somebody a service render something It was payment for services rendered.
  4. present something
  5. 3render something (formal) to present something, especially when it is done officially synonym furnish The committee was asked to render a report on the housing situation.
  6. express/perform
  7. 4render something (formal) to express or perform something He stood up and rendered a beautiful version of ‘Summertime’. The artist has rendered the stormy sea in dark greens and browns.
  8. translate
  9. 5to express something in a different language synonym translate render something (as something) The Italian phrase can be rendered as ‘I did my best’. render something (into something) It's a concept that is difficult to render into English.
  10. wall
  11. 6render something (specialist) to cover a wall with a layer of plaster or cement See related entries: Construction, Structures
  12. melt
  13. 7render something (down) to make fat liquid by heating it; to melt something
  14. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French rendre, from an alteration of Latin reddere ‘give back’, from re- ‘back’ + dare ‘give’. The earliest senses were ‘recite’, ‘translate’, and ‘give back’ (hence ‘represent’ and ‘perform’); ‘hand over’ (hence ‘give help’ and ‘submit for consideration’); ‘cause to be’; and ‘melt down’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: render