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Definition of "rent" []

  • 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. (noun)
  • A similar payment made for the use of a facility, equipment, or service provided by another. (noun)
  • The return derived from cultivated or improved land after deduction of all production costs. (noun)
  • The revenue yielded by a piece of land in excess of that yielded by the poorest or least favorably located land under equal market conditions. Also called economic rent. (noun)
  • To obtain occupancy or use of (another's property) in return for regular payments. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "rent" in a sentence
  • "Under its regulations three rents are enumerated -- namely, the _rack rent_ to be extorted from one of a strange tribe; the _fair_ rent from one of the same tribe; and the _stipulated_ rent to be paid equally to either."
  • "Apple TV users can choose from the largest online selection of HD movies to rent, including first run movies for just $4.99, and the largest online selection of HD TV show episodes to rent* from ABC, ABC Family, Fox, Disney Channel and BBC America for just 99 cents."
  • "It can be declined; _my rent; of my rent; to my rent; from my rent_."