Meaning of “rent” in the English Dictionary

"rent" in British English

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rentnoun

uk /rent/ us /rent/

rent noun (PAYMENT)

A2 [ C or U ] a fixed amount of money that you pay regularly for the use of a room, house, car, television, etc. that someone else owns:

I pay a higher rent/more rent than the other tenants because my room is bigger.
Rents here are ridiculously high/low.
for rent

offered by the owner for someone else to use in exchange for money

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  • The rent is due at the end of the month.
  • Tenants who fall behind in their rent risk being evicted.
  • We're really struggling to find enough money to pay the rent at the moment.
  • My rent is $800 a month inclusive of bills.
  • She withheld her rent until the landlord agreed to have the repairs done.

rentverb

uk /rent/ us /rent/

rent verb (PAY TO USE)

A2 [ T ] to pay or receive a fixed amount of money for the use of a room, house, car, television, etc.:

I rented a car from a garage so that I could get about.
[ + two objects ] The old lady rented me her spare bedroom for £200 a week.
My Dad has a villa that he rents (out) to tourists.
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  • Personnel will help you find a flat to rent.
  • She rented a room above a shop.
  • We're renting a cottage in Wales for the summer.
  • We scoped out the local shops and facilities to see if it would be a good place to rent a flat.
  • The landlord rents the flat out through a letting agency.

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

"rent" in American English

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rentnoun [ C/U ]

us /rent/

rent noun [ C/U ] (PAYMENT)

a fixed amount of money paid or received regularly for the use of usually an apartment, house, or business space:

[ C ] Rents in this building are ridiculously high.
[ U ] How much rent do you pay?
[ U ] Are there any apartments for rent (= available) there?
rent
verb [ T ] us /rent/

I rented a car for the trip to Boston.

rent

us /rent/

rent (TORN)

past simple and past participle of rend

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

"rent" in Business English

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rentnoun [ C or U ]

uk /rent/ us

PROPERTY, COMMERCE an amount of money that you pay for the use of something, especially that you pay regularly for the use of a room, house, office, etc. that someone else owns:

a fair/high/low rent
annual/monthly rent
pay (the) rent The company is renegotiating its finances after struggling to pay the rent on its properties.
charge/collect rent Managing the property generally means collecting rent and carrying out maintenance.

US COMMERCE →  rental noun :

You will pay no line rent on this phone deal.
for rent

offered by the owner for someone else to use in exchange for money:

The restaurant was open 24 hours a day and also had rooms for rent.

rentverb

uk /rent/ us

[ I or T ] PROPERTY to pay a fixed amount of money regularly for the use of a room, house, office, etc.:

Researchers said there was a growing divide between the home-owning majority and people who rent.
Regardless of the boom in UK property prices, it is still cheaper to buy rather than rent a house.
rent sth from sb She has been renting an apartment from a private landlord through a letting agent.
A surprising number of storage units are rented by salesmen.

[ T ] also rent sth out PROPERTY to receive an amount of money from somebody for the use of something, especially a room, house, office, etc. that you own:

rent sth to sb She runs a commercial real estate company that rents office space to businesses.
rent sth for sth She rents out one of her rooms to students.
He renovated the three-storey building and rents it out as apartments.
Each of these centres rents out farm machinery to local farmers at low cost.

[ T ] UK usually hire COMMERCE to pay to use something for a short period of time:

rent a car/an automobile I rented a car at Millennium Park and headed off to explore the island.

[ I ] US PROPERTY to be available for someone to use for a particular amount of money:

rent at/for sth The rooms rented at a premium of $25 to $35 over regular rates.
rent for sth Rooms that regularly rent for $59 a night suddenly cost $300 a night.

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