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REND'ER, noun [from rend.] One that tears by violence.

REN'DER, verb transitive [This is probably the Latin reddo, with a casually inserted.]

1. To return; to pay back.

See that none render evil for evil to any man. 1 Thessalonians 5:15.

2. To inflict, as a retribution.

I will render vengeance to my enemies. Deuteronomy 32:41.

3. To give on demand; to give; to assign.

The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit, than seven men that can render a reason. Proverbs 26:16.

4. To make or cause to be, by some influence upon a thing, or by some change; as, to render a person more safe or more unsafe; to render him solicitous or cautious; to render a fortress more secure or impregnable; to render a ferocious animal more mild and tractable.

5. To translate, as from one language into another; as, to render Latin into English. We say, to render a word, a sentence a book, or an author into a different language.

6. To surrender; to yield or give up the command or possession of; as, to render one's self to his enemies.

[Less used than surrender.]

7. To afford; to give for use or benefit.

Washington rendered great service to his country.

8. To represent; to exhibit.

He did render him the most unnatural that liv'd amongst men. [Not in use.]

To render back, to return; to restore.

REN'DER, noun

1. A surrender; a giving up.

2. A return; a payment of rent.

In those early times, the king's household was supported by specific renders of corn and other victuals from the tenants of the domains.

3. An account given.