from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of rendering.
  • n. An interpretation of a musical score or a dramatic piece.
  • n. A performance of a musical or dramatic work.
  • n. A translation, often interpretive.
  • n. A surrender.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To surrender or hand over (a person or thing); especially, for one jurisdiction to do so to another.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of rendering; especially, the act of surrender, as of fugitives from justice, at the claim of a foreign government; also, surrender in war.
  • n. Translation; rendering; version.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of rendering or translating; a rendering or giving the meaning of a word or passage; translation.
  • n. The act of rendering up or yielding possession; surrender.
  • n. The act of rendering or reproducing artistically.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. handing over prisoners to countries where torture is allowed
  • n. a performance of a musical composition or a dramatic role etc.
  • n. an explanation of something that is not immediately obvious
  • n. the act of interpreting something as expressed in an artistic performance


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Obsolete French, from Old French rendre, to give back; see render.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From obsolete French rendition, alteration (after rendre ("to render")) of reddition ("reddition"). Many senses influenced by render.



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  • SpspoCH phPHPTS?

    November 6, 2009

  • Mock book-cover rendered in Adobe Photoshop some time ago, on a whim....

    November 6, 2009

  • "The case was a huge symbolic victory for Italian prosecutors, who drew the first convictions involving the US practice of rendition, in which terrorism suspects are captured in one country and taken for questioning in another, often one more open to coercive interrogation techniques."

    - AFP, NYT, CIA spy lashes out after Italian conviction,, 6 Nov 2009.

    November 6, 2009

  • "In the view of Mr. Addington and his acolytes, anything and everything that the president authorized in the fight against terror - regardless of what the Constitution or Congress or the Geneva Conventions might say - was all right. That included torture, rendition, warrantless wiretapping, the suspension of habeas corpus, you name it." Link

    July 23, 2008

  • I thought the same thing. Unfortunately, it conjures up a mental picture of someone being rendered over a fire.

    Which is not technically torture, according to our president.

    October 10, 2007

  • I thought it might be related to rend, but the etymologies are distinct.

    October 10, 2007

  • This word has such a dark connotation these days.

    October 10, 2007