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rend

verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a rent riseBritish English
▪ Tenants face huge rent rises.
buy/rent an apartment
▪ Tom rented an apartment at the top of the building.
charge rent/a fee/interest etc
▪ The gallery charges an entrance fee.
collect tax/rent/a debt
▪ The landlady came around once a month to collect the rent.
exorbitant rent/prices etc
▪ exorbitant rates of interest
gas man/rent man etc
▪ I waited all day for the gas man.
ground rent
non-payment of rent
▪ She was finally evicted in April for non-payment of rent.
peppercorn rent
rent a bike (also hire a bike British English)
▪ You can rent bikes and explore the island's cycle paths.
rent a flat
▪ Renting a flat can be very expensive in this part of town.
rent a house
▪ While he was working in London, Ken rented a house in Fulham.
rent boy
rent control
rent rebate
rent strike
rent/mortgage/tax arrears
▪ He was ordered to pay rent arrears of £550.
rent/price/wage etc controls
▪ Rent controls ensured that no one paid too much for housing.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
asunder
▪ The veils are parting, the mists are rent asunder.
▪ This unity was to be rent asunder by changes in technology and by the impact of the Modern Movement in architecture.
out
▪ Just get some samples together, print up pretentious business cards, inflate values, rent out tent space and voila!
▪ In addition to the City-organized leagues, there are also independent leagues that rent out the San Francisco fields for their use.
▪ Most landlords comply, and let government inspectors roam through the bedrooms and bathrooms of the houses they rent out.
▪ We rent out one of the rooms for seventy-five dollars a month.
■ VERB
pay
▪ They do not pay tax or rent, and are exempted from military service.
▪ Agencies pay it rent and those funds go into an account called the Federal Buildings Fund, which covers construction and repairs.
▪ Twenty years ago many people looked upon their jobs as akin to paying rent.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
back rent/taxes/pay etc
▪ A former landlord said she was still owed several thousand dollars in back rent.
▪ Dave Escott bought at the height of the boom, and any back rent will only add to his negative equity.
▪ He owes $ 10, 000 in back taxes.
▪ Homar sued for reinstatement of his job, back pay and money damages.
▪ I needed a release from the tax office showing that I owed no back taxes.
▪ Look, she said, he's left, bolted, owing three months' back rent.
▪ Next: What to do when you can not afford to pay back taxes.
▪ The Internal Revenue Service has been battling him for years for back taxes and penalties related to one venture.
be torn/split/rent etc asunder
▪ If the momentum picks up, conventional politics could be torn asunder.
▪ In 1964, the Republican Party was torn asunder by the nomination of conservative Barry Goldwater.
▪ The veils are parting, the mists are rent asunder.
▪ This unity was to be rent asunder by changes in technology and by the impact of the Modern Movement in architecture.
for rent
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Above them, something gave way with a long, rending metallic screech.
▪ Historically, as we have seen, the country has been rent by various upheavals, sometimes of a quite violent nature.
▪ The veils are parting, the mists are rent asunder.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Rend

Rend \Rend\, v. i. To be rent or torn; to become parted; to separate; to split.
--Jer. Taylor.

Rend

Rend \Rend\ (r[e^]nd), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rent (r[e^]nt); p. pr. & vb. n. Rending.] [AS. rendan, hrendan; cf. OFries. renda, randa, Fries. renne to cut, rend, Icel. hrinda to push, thrust, AS. hrindan; or cf. Icel. r[ae]na to rob, plunder, Ir. rannaim to divide, share, part, W. rhanu, Armor. ranna.]

  1. To separate into parts with force or sudden violence; to tear asunder; to split; to burst; as, powder rends a rock in blasting; lightning rends an oak.

    The dreadful thunder Doth rend the region.
    --Shak.

  2. To part or tear off forcibly; to take away by force.

    An empire from its old foundations rent.
    --Dryden.

    I will surely rend the kingdom from thee.
    --1 Kings xi. 11.

    To rap and rend. See under Rap, v. t., to snatch.

    Syn: To tear; burst; break; rupture; lacerate; fracture; crack; split.

Wiktionary

rend

vb. 1 (context transitive English) To separate into parts with force or sudden violence; to tear asunder; to split; to burst 2 (context transitive English) To part or tear off forcibly; to take away by force. 3 (context intransitive English) To be rent or torn; to become parted; to separate; to split.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

rend

Old English rendan, hrendan "to tear, cut down," from West Germanic *randijan (cognates: Old Frisian renda "to cut, break," Middle Low German rende "anything broken," German Rinde "bark, crust"), probably related to rind. Related: Rended; rent; rending.

WordNet

rend

  1. v. tear or be torn violently; "The curtain ripped from top to bottom"; "pull the cooked chicken into strips" [syn: rip, rive, pull]

  2. [also: rent]

Wikipedia

Rend

Rend may refer to:

  • Rend, Iran
  • Rend River
  • Rend Lake

Usage examples of "rend".

Then the old woman rendring out like sighes, began to speake in this sort : My daughter take a good heart unto you, and bee not afeared at feigned and strange visions and dreams, for as the visions of the day are accounted false and untrue, so the visions of the night doe often change contrary.

He names a fourth of what Alem and I will pay for rent for a month in our new flat.

Hiawatha Smote amain the hollow oak-tree, Rent it into shreds and splinters, Left it lying there in fragments.

I had no care upon my mind, for my small fortune, along with the rent of my field, was more than sufficient for my maintenance in the almost anchoretic seclusion in which I intended to live, and hence I had every advantage for the more definite projection and prosecution of a work which had been gradually shaping itself in my mind for months past.

Rostov threw his cloak over his shoulders, shouted to Lavrushka to follow with the things, and- now slipping in the mud, now splashing right through it- set off with Ilyin in the lessening rain and the darkness that was occasionally rent by distant lightning.

Private investigators, shady operators like the Boston realtor and the Campbell who had listed Auk House for sale or rent.

And the three-and-six he got for the shift had to go for the rent, not even twopence for baccy, let alone a pint.

I embraced her, promised to get back what her landlord had seized for rent, and then begged her to go to bed, as she was in need of rest.

Suddenly it seemed to burst, gaps appeared, a rending sped from end to end, betokening a complete break-up.

I was a comparatively sane bibliomaniac, but to Allen the time came when he grudged every penny that he did not spend on rare books, and when he actually gave up his share of the water we used to take together, that his contribution to the rent might go for rare editions and bindings.

Secondary explosions rent the air long seconds after the last bomblets fell, sending black smoke boiling above the fueled and armed aircraft parked by the tower, from a storage hangar, and from a large fuel tank nearby.

A place like the bordello would just reduce the rent on your room for their share.

Citizen Boyne, of course, was carefully opening every seam with graceful rending motions, miming great smooth effort of the biceps and trapezius.

In the eighth second of the cavitation, billowing shock waves, aflame, gave the rent Moon the appearance of a burning bush in space.

A very slight acquaintance with them excites amazement that cess, rent, or anything else can be extracted from the utterly wretched cabins looking on the broad Atlantic.