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Rent (noun 2)

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Rent. n.s. [rente, Fr.]

  1. Revenue; annual payment.

                                    Idol ceremony,
    What are thy rents? what are thy comings in?
    O ceremony shew me but thy worth!
    Shakesp. Hen. V.

    I bought an annual rent or two,
    And live just as you see I do.
    Pope's Epist. of Horace.

  2. Money paid for any thing held of another.

    Such is the mould, that the blest tenant feeds
    On precious fruits, and pays his rent in weeds.
    Waller.

    Folks in mudwall tenement,
    Present a peppercorn for rent.
    Prior.

Sources: Shakespeare's Henry V (66) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Prior, Matthew (162) · Waller, Edmund (63)

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