Definition for REN'DER

REN'DER, v.t. [Fr. rendre; It. rendere; Sp. rendir; Port. render. This is probably the L. reddo, with n casually inserted.]

  1. To return; to pay back. See that none render evil for evil to any man. – 1 Thess. v.
  2. To inflict, as a retribution. I win render vengeance to my enemies. – Deut. xxxii.
  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. – Prov. xxvi.
  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. – Locke.
  6. To surrender; to yield or give up the command or possession of; as, to render one's self to his enemies. – K. Charles. Clarendon. [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.] – Shak. To render back, to return; to restore.

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