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Topic: TRADE

Sense: 1-3
Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old French
Origin: rente, from Vulgar Latin rendita, from Latin reddere; RENDER
Sense: 4
Date: 1500-1600
Origin: rend

rent

2 noun
     
rent2
1 [uncountable and countable]B the money that someone pays regularly to use a room, house etc that belongs to someone else:
I pay the rent at the beginning of every month.
high/low/reasonable etc rent
Shop rents are extremely high.
rent of
an annual rent of £8,000
2 [uncountable and countable] especially American EnglishBBT an amount of money that you pay to use a car, boat etc that belongs to someone else:
The rent was only $20 an hour.
3

for rent

available to be rented:
Luxury villas for rent.
4 [countable] formal a large tear in something made of cloth:
huge rents in the curtains
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