Meaning of “render” in the English Dictionary

"render" in English

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renderverb [ T ]

uk /ˈren.dər/ us /ˈren.dɚ/

render verb [ T ] (CAUSE)

C2 formal to cause someone or something to be in a particular state:

[ + adj ] His rudeness rendered me speechless.
New technology has rendered my old computer obsolete.

formal to change words into a different language or form:

She is rendering the book into English from French.

render verb [ T ] (BUILDING)

specialized architecture to put a first layer of plaster or cement on a wall

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(Definition of “render” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"render" in American English

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renderverb [ T ]

us /ˈren·dər/

render verb [ T ] (CAUSE)

to cause someone or something to be in a particular state:

New technology renders a computer obsolete in a year.

render verb [ T ] (REPRESENT)

to represent something in a work of art or a performance:

The drawing was rendered in muted pastels.

render verb [ T ] (GIVE)

fml to give something to someone:

An employee is someone who renders his or her services in exchange for pay.

(Definition of “render” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"render" in Business English

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renderverb [ T ]

uk /ˈrendər/ us

to cause something or someone to be in a particular state:

Regulation should be shifted from the sales process to the products themselves, effectively rendering financial advisors surplus to requirements.
Billions have been spent, but not one gallon of the estimated 54m gallons of waste has been rendered harmless.

formal to provide or give something such as help or a service to people:

They liaise between companies that want to buy insurance and the insurers that sell it, taking a commission for services rendered.

ACCOUNTING, FINANCE, TAX to officially prepare financial records, bills, etc. and give them to someone or make them available:

The company had failed to render accounts to its shareholders two years in a row.
We shall render invoices to you monthly in respect of work done by the firm.
Thousands evade tax by not rendering returns.

to officially announce a decision or judgment about something:

render a decision/verdict The Council is expected to render a decision soon.
render judgment The court's duty is to hear a matter and render judgment or direction.

IT to make an image on a computer screen appear solid and like a real object:

The software greatly accelerates the production of high-quality rendered images of products.

(Definition of “render” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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Through being contrary to two important directives in the area of information technology, such a move could damage future legislation in this area and render our existing legislation inconsistent.
Nearly 40% of businesses in this survey are still reporting additional costs to render products or services compatible with national specifications.
If it is, we shall have an even more conservative and autocratic institutional framework which will render the constitutionally protected rights acquired by the workers useless.
Lastly, the implications of these ‘concerns’ in agri-environmental policies must be evaluated, particularly in social and economic terms, so as to not render the farming sector unviable.
However, the increasing pace of electronic banking, distance selling and electronic commerce will render the differences between home and host rules obsolete.
Should this render aviation companies less profitable or hinder the enormous growth in air transport, this would not be a disaster, but rather a necessity.
While we may not be satisfied, we shall vote in favour of the directives on account of the extremely tight deadlines: exceeding them would render the directives meaningless.
The numerous exclusions provided for in the directive render it ineffective and incapable of providing an adequate response to the seriousness of the problem.
Does this group integrate or render asunder?
I would draw your attention to an amendment which aims to secure surety from governments to render the use of technical-nautical services, in particular, mandatory.