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  Dictionary Definition of rent

rent [1]
noun
1. a return or payment made periodically by a tenant to an owner or landlord for the use of land or building.
2. a similar return or payment for the use of property of any kind.
3. Economics the excess of the produce or return yielded by a given piece of cultivated land over the cost (labour, capital, etc.) of production; the yield from a piece of land or property.
4. profit or return derived from any differential advantage in production.
5. Obsolete revenue or income.
-- verb (t)
6. to grant the possession and enjoyment of (property) in return for payments to be made at agreed times.
7. to take and hold (property) in return for payments to be made at agreed times.
-- verb (i)
8. to be leased or let for rent.
[ME, from OF rente, from Roman rendita, from L reddita ( pecunia ) paid (money), with -n- from pre ( he ) ndere take]
-- rentable, adjective