- 1 [transitive, intransitive] to regularly pay money to somebody so that you can use something that they own, such as a house, some land, a machine, etc. rent (something) to live in rented accommodation/housing/property In the long run, it works out more expensive to rent a television than to buy one. rent something from somebody Who do you rent the land from? See related entries: Renting a home
- 2 [transitive] to allow somebody to use something that you own such as a house or some land in exchange for regular payments rent something (out) (to somebody) He rents rooms in his house to students. The land is rented out to other farmers. She agreed to rent the room to me. rent somebody something She agreed to rent me the room.
- 3 [transitive] rent something (especially North American English) to pay money to somebody so that you can use something for a short period of time We rented a car for the week and explored the area. Shall we rent a movie this evening? compare hire
- 4[intransitive] (North American English) to be available for somebody to use if they pay a particular amount of money The apartment rents for $500 a month. Word Originverb Middle English: from Old French rente, from a root shared by render.Extra examples They agreed to rent the land to me. We rented a cottage from an agency. We rented our house out for a year when we went abroad. privately rented accommodation He had a list of movies they had rented from the local video store. She rented a car at the airport. They rented a meeting room in a downtown hotel. You can rent mountain bikes and explore the area.
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BrE BrE//rent//; NAmE NAmE//rent//see also rendVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rent
BrE BrE//rent//; NAmE NAmE//rent//he / she / it rents
BrE BrE//rents//; NAmE NAmE//rents//; BrE BrE//rents//; NAmE NAmE//rents//past simple rented
BrE BrE//ˈrentɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈrentɪd//; BrE BrE//ˈrentɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈrentɪd//past participle rented
BrE BrE//ˈrentɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈrentɪd//; BrE BrE//ˈrentɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈrentɪd//-ing form renting
BrE BrE//ˈrentɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈrentɪŋ//; BrE BrE//ˈrentɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈrentɪŋ//Renting a home