Definitions for: Rent

[n] the act of rending or ripping or splitting something; "he gave the envelope a vigorous rip"
[n] an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart; "there was a rip in his pants"
[n] a regular payment by a tenant to a landlord for use of some property
[n] the return derived from cultivated land in excess of that derived from the poorest land cultivated under similar conditions
[adj] shattered or torn up or torn apart violently as by e.g. wind or lightning or explosive; "an old blasted apple tree"; "a tree rent by lightning"; "cities torn by bombs"; "earthquake-torn streets"
[v] engage for service under a term of contract; "We took an apartment on a quiet street"; "Let's rent a car"; "Shall we take a guide in Rome?"
[v] grant use or occupation of under a term of contract; "I am leasing my country estate to some foreigners"
[v] let for money; of housing
[v] hold under a lease or rental agreement; of goods and services

Webster (1913) Definition: Rent, n. (Polit. Econ.)
(a) That portion of the produce of the earth paid to the
landlord for the use of the ``original and indestructible
powers of the soil;'' the excess of the return from a
given piece of cultivated land over that from land of
equal area at the ``margin of cultivation.'' Called also
economic, or Ricardian, rent. Economic rent is due
partly to differences of productivity, but chiefly to
advantages of location; it is equivalent to ordinary or
commercial rent less interest on improvements, and nearly
equivalent to ground rent.
(b) Loosely, a return or profit from a differential advantage
for production, as in case of income or earnings due to
rare natural gifts creating a natural monopoly.

Rent (r?nt), v. i.
To rant. [R. & Obs.] --Hudibras.

imp. & p. p. of Rend.

Rent, n. [From Rend.]
1. An opening made by rending; a break or breach made by
force; a tear.

See what a rent the envious Casca made. --Shak.

2. Figuratively, a schism; a rupture of harmony; a
separation; as, a rent in the church.

Syn: Fissure; breach; disrupture; rupture; tear;
dilaceration; break; fracture.

Rent, v. t.
To tear. See Rend. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

Rent, n. [F. rente, LL. renta, fr. L. reddita, fem. sing.
or neut. pl. of redditus, p. p. of reddere to give back, pay.
See Render.]
1. Income; revenue. See Catel. [Obs.] ``Catel had they
enough and rent.'' --Chaucer.

[Bacchus] a waster was and all his rent In wine and
bordel he dispent. --Gower.

So bought an annual rent or two, And liv'd, just as
you see I do. --Pope.

2. Pay; reward; share; toll. [Obs.]

Death, that taketh of high and low his rent.

3. (Law) A certain periodical profit, whether in money,
provisions, chattels, or labor, issuing out of lands and
tenements in payment for the use; commonly, a certain
pecuniary sum agreed upon between a tenant and his
landlord, paid at fixed intervals by the lessee to the
lessor, for the use of land or its appendages; as, rent
for a farm, a house, a park, etc.

Note: The term rent is also popularly applied to compensation
for the use of certain personal chattels, as a piano, a
sewing machine, etc.

Black rent. See Blackmail, 3.

Forehand rent, rent which is paid in advance; foregift.

Rent arrear, rent in arrears; unpaid rent. --Blackstone.

Rent charge (Law), a rent reserved on a conveyance of land
in fee simple, or granted out of lands by deed; -- so
called because, by a covenant or clause in the deed of
conveyance, the land is charged with a distress for the
payment of it. --Bouvier.

Rent roll, a list or account of rents or income; a rental.

Rent seck (Law), a rent reserved by deed, but without any
clause of distress; barren rent. A power of distress was
made incident to rent seck by Statute 4 George II. c. 28.

Rent service (Eng. Law), rent reserved out of land held by
fealty or other corporeal service; -- so called from such
service being incident to it.

White rent, a quitrent when paid in silver; -- opposed to
black rent.

Rent, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rented; p. pr. & vb. n.
Renting.] [F. renter. See Rent, n.]
1. To grant the possession and enjoyment of, for a rent; to
lease; as, the owwner of an estate or house rents it.

2. To take and hold under an agreement to pay rent; as, the
tennant rents an estate of the owner.

Rent, v. i.
To be leased, or let for rent; as, an estate rents for five
hundred dollars a year.

Synonyms: blasted, charter, charter, damaged, economic rent, engage, hire, hire, lease, lease, let, rip, rip, ripped, split, split, take, tear, torn

See Also: acquire, annuity in advance, contract, farm out, gap, get, give, ground rent, hire out, issue, opening, payoff, peppercorn rent, proceeds, rack rent, rent out, return, sublease, sublet, take, takings, tear, undertake, yield

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