rent

To rent something is to pay money to use it, live in it, or borrow it. If you're not sure which musical instrument you'll stick with and enjoy playing, it's best to rent a few to try out before buying.

Rent is both a verb and a noun for borrowing or leasing something. If you rent an apartment, you pay money to live there, and that money is also rent. You can rent many things, from skates at a roller rink to furniture for the home you rent. You don't own things you rent — you just use them temporarily. A rent is also a rip: "She fell and tore a big rent in one knee of her jeans."

Definitions of rent
  1. noun
    a payment or series of payments made by the lessee to an owner for use of some property, facility, equipment, or service
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    types:
    ground rent
    payment for the right to occupy and improve a piece of land
    peppercorn rent
    very low or nominal rent
    rack rent
    an extortionate rent
    type of:
    annuity in advance
    an annuity paid in a series of more or less equal payments at the beginning of equally spaced periods
  2. verb
    let for money
    “We rented our apartment to friends while we were abroad”
    synonyms: lease
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    type of:
    contract, undertake
    enter into a contractual arrangement
  3. verb
    engage for service under a term of contract
    “Let's rent a car”
    synonyms: charter, engage, hire, lease, take
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    type of:
    acquire, get
    come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
  4. verb
    hold under a lease or rental agreement; of goods and services
    synonyms: charter, hire, lease
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    type of:
    contract, undertake
    enter into a contractual arrangement
  5. verb
    grant use or occupation of under a term of contract
    synonyms: lease, let
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    types:
    sublease, sublet
    lease or rent all or part of (a leased or rented property) to another person
    type of:
    give
    transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody
  6. verb
    tear or be torn violently
    synonyms: pull, rend, rip, rive
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    type of:
    bust, rupture, snap, tear
    separate or cause to separate abruptly
  7. noun
    the act of rending or ripping or splitting something
    synonyms: rip, split
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    type of:
    tear
    the act of tearing
  8. noun
    an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart
    synonyms: rip, snag, split, tear
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    type of:
    gap, opening
    an open or empty space in or between things
  9. noun
    the return derived from cultivated land in excess of that derived from the poorest land cultivated under similar conditions
    synonyms: economic rent
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    type of:
    issue, payoff, proceeds, return, take, takings, yield
    the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property
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