Skip to main content
Find a Lawyer
Please enter a legal issue and/or a location
Begin typing to search, use arrow keys to navigate, use enter to select
FindLaw Legal Dictionary

The FindLaw Legal Dictionary -- free access to over 8260 definitions of legal terms. Search for a definition or browse our legal glossaries.



rent n

1 a : a return made by a tenant or occupant of real property to the owner for possession and use thereof
: a sum of money agreed upon between a landlord and tenant for the use of real property
b in the civil law of Louisiana
: a contract by which one party conveys to another to hold as owner a tract of land or other immovable property in perpetuity in exchange for payment of an annual sum or quantity of fruits
c : the amount paid by a hirer of personal property to the owner for the use thereof
d : a royalty under a mineral lease
2 : the portion of the income of an economy (as of a nation) attributable to land as a factor of production in addition to capital and labor

for rent
: available for use or service in return for payment

vt 1 : to grant the possession and enjoyment of in exchange for rent
2 : to take and hold under an agreement to pay rent
1 : to be for rent
2 a : to obtain use and possession of a place or property in exchange for rent
b : to allow the possession and use of property in exchange for rent


Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.

Copied to clipboard

Find a Lawyer

More Options