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v. rent (rĕnt) also rend·ed, rend·ing, rends
a. To tear or split apart or into pieces violently. See Synonyms at tear1.
b. To tear (one's garments or hair) in anguish or rage.
2. To pull away forcibly; wrest: rent the money from his hand.
a. To pull, split, or divide: "Chip was rent between the impulse to laugh wildly and a bitterness that threatened hot tears" (Louis Auchincloss).
b. To pierce or disturb with sound: a scream rent the silence.
c. To cause pain or distress to: tales that rend the heart.
To become torn or split; come apart: a hole where the seam rends.
[Middle English renden, from Old English rendan.]
vb, rends, rending or rent
1. to tear with violent force or to be torn in this way; rip
2. (tr) to tear or pull (one's clothes, etc), esp as a manifestation of rage or grief
3. (tr) (of a noise or cry) to disturb (the air, silence, etc) with a shrill or piercing tone
4. (tr) to pain or distress (the heart, conscience, etc)
[Old English rendan; related to Old Frisian renda]
v. rent, rend•ing. v.t.
1. to separate into parts with force or violence; tear apart.
2. to tear (one's garments or hair) in grief or rage.
3. to disturb (the air) sharply with noise.
4. to distress (the heart) with painful feelings.v.i.
5. to split or tear something.
6. to become torn or split.
[before 950; Middle English; Old English rendan, c. Old Frisian renda]
Past participle: rent
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|Verb||1.||rend - tear or be torn violently; "The curtain ripped from top to bottom"; "pull the cooked chicken into strips"|