Meaning of “rental” in the English Dictionary

"rental" in British English

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rentalnoun

uk /ˈren.təl/ us /ˈren.t̬əl/

[ C or U ] an arrangement to rent something, or the amount of money that you pay to rent something:

Property rental is quite expensive here.
DVD rentals have decreased this year.
a car rental company

[ C ] mainlyUS something such as a house, car, or bike that you rent:

Because larger rentals are the hardest to find, tenants snap them up quickly.
Is that your car or is it a rental?

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

"rental" in American English

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rentalnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈren·təl/

the act of renting, an amount paid in rent, or something rented:

[ U ] boat/car rental

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

"rental" in Business English

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rentalnoun

uk /ˈrentəl/ us COMMERCE

[ C or U ] an arrangement to rent something for a period of time, or the act of renting something:

equipment rental
The company has recently seen a decline in DVD rentals.
The regulation applies to contracts for the sale or rental of goods or services.

[ C or U ] US also rent the amount of money that you pay to rent something for a period of time:

an annual/monthly/weekly rental of ...
Office rentals start at about $800 dollars per month for one room.
Although the price of calls has fallen, telephone line rentals continue to increase.

[ C ] US something such as a house or a car that you can rent:

The car turned out to be a rental from DFW Airport.
A number of properties are available as short-term rentals.

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rentaladjective

uk /ˈrentəl/ us COMMERCE, PROPERTY

relating to rent, to renting something, or to something that has been rented:

the rental market
a rental agreement
They also own a commercial property that provides rental income.
a rental car

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