Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Financial, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

rent 1

a. Payment, usually of an amount fixed by contract, made by a tenant at specified intervals in return for the right to occupy or use the property of another.
b. A similar payment made for the use of a facility, equipment, or service provided by another.
2. The return derived from cultivated or improved land after deduction of all production costs.
3. The difference between the price paid for use of a resource whose supply is inelastic and the minimum price at which that resource would still be provided. Also called economic rent.
v. rent·ed, rent·ing, rents
1. To obtain occupancy or use of (another's property) in return for regular payments.
2. To grant temporary occupancy or use of (one's own property or a service) in return for regular payments: rents out TV sets.
To be for rent: The cottage rents for $1,200 a month.
for rent
Available for use or service in return for payment.

[Middle English rente, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *rendita, from feminine past participle of *rendere, to yield, return; see render.]

rent′a·bil′i·ty n.
rent′a·ble adj.

rent 2

A past tense and a past participle of rend.
1. An opening made by rending; a rip.
2. A breach of relations between persons or groups; a rift.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.renting - the act of paying for the use of something (as an apartment or house or car)renting - the act of paying for the use of something (as an apartment or house or car)
transaction, dealing, dealings - the act of transacting within or between groups (as carrying on commercial activities); "no transactions are possible without him"; "he has always been honest is his dealings with me"
auto, automobile, car, motorcar, machine - a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine; "he needs a car to get to work"


[ˈrentɪŋ] Narrendamiento m
References in classic literature ?
This was not a deed of sale at all, so far as he could see--it provided only for the renting of the property
Tis right ye are, ma'am; 'tis by renting rooms we kape alive.
The survey results reveal that maintenance free living, cost and flexibility are the most common motivating factors for renting.
But the average unit was renting for $1,274 at the end of 2002, RealFacts reported.
Previously, a landlord was required to depreciate improvements over a 39-year life, as long as it still owned the building, regardless of the fact that the tenant for whom the improvements were placed in service was no longer renting the space.
This paper, therefore, examines how farm families - both owners and tenants - used renting as a "family strategy" for survival and economic advancement.
In the meantime, there are some cheaper (though not inexpensive) alternatives: Buying things on time from retail stores or with credit cards is almost always cheaper than renting to own.