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Syllabification: ren·tal
Pronunciation: /ˈren(t)l

Definition of rental in English:


1An amount paid or received as rent.
Example sentences
  • The move also costs the state, which pays the line rental for thousands of pensioners under a scheme to boost security and social contact for the elderly.
  • Property taxes, insurance and ground rentals are capitalized on property that is under construction until such time as it is prepared for its intended use.
  • Cost is also a factor with office rentals having doubled over the last five years.
1.1The action of renting something: the office was on weekly rental
More example sentences
  • The Margaritas didn't happen, but truck rental did.
  • In fact, when the videocassette had appeared, Hollywood had been up in arms until it realised that there was much to gain from the sale and rental of films recorded on videotape.
  • At present, these users receive two separate bills one from their new service provider for calls made, and one from Eircom for phone line rental.
1.2North American A rented house or car.
Example sentences
  • I have a good job and comfortable future retirement benefit; I also own a house and a rental.
  • It turns out that, even before the tax bill was passed, this year's most fabulous summer rentals were all snapped up well before Memorial Day.
  • When the agency that handled their summer rental called, Don said they would not be taking the cottage this time.


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Of, relating to, or available for rent: rental properties
More example sentences
  • The qualifying expenditure is available in full against rental income within the state.
  • It may also be worth keeping the policy assigned to your mortgage as it might be allowable as a deductible expense against the property's rental income.
  • For example, interest on borrowings to purchase buy-to-let property can be offset against rental income for individual property investors.


late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French, or from Anglo-Latin rentale, from Old French rente (see rent1).

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