rental rent‧al [ˈrentl] noun
1. [singular, uncountable] FINANCE payment made for the use of a car, equipment etc for a period of time:

• The first month's rental on every pager is free of charge.

2. [countable, uncountable] COMMERCE an arrangement by which something is rented for a period of time:

• the money he had spent on car rental

• The rates for computer rentals drop swiftly as the equipment ages.

• We have reduced our equipment rental costs by 14%.

ˈfleet ˌrental [countable, uncountable] COMMERCE
an arrangement in which a company rents all the cars it uses from the same company at a special rate
3. [countable] especially AmE something that you can rent, especially a house or car:

• The supply of available rentals in the area is way down.

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rental UK US /ˈrentəl/ noun COMMERCE
[C or U] an arrangement to rent something for a period of time, or the act of renting something: »

equipment rental


a car rental business/company/firm


The company has recently seen a decline in DVD rentals.


The regulation applies to contracts for the sale or rental of goods or services.

[C or U] (US also rent) the amount of money that you pay to rent something for a period of time: »

an annual/monthly/weekly rental of ...


Office rentals start at about $800 dollars per month for one room.


Although the price of calls has fallen, telephone line rentals continue to increase.

[C] US something such as a house or a car that you can rent: »

The car turned out to be a rental from DFW Airport.


A number of properties are available as short-term rentals.

See also FLEET -RENTAL(Cf. ↑fleet -rental)
rental UK US /ˈrentəl/ adjective COMMERCE, PROPERTY
relating to rent, to renting something, or to something that has been rented: »

the rental market


a rental agreement


They also own a commercial property that provides rental income.


a rental car

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Rental — Rent al ( al), n. [LL. rentale, fr. renta. See {Rent} income.] 1. A schedule, account, or list of rents, with the names of the tenants, etc.; a rent roll. [1913 Webster] 2. A sum total of rents; as, an estate that yields a rental of ten thousand… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rental — index rent Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • rental — mid 14c., “rent roll;” late 14c., “income from rents;” see RENT (Cf. rent) + AL (Cf. al) (2). Meaning “amount charged for rent” is from 1630s; that of “a car or house let for rent” is from 1952, Amer.Eng …   Etymology dictionary

  • rental — ► NOUN 1) an amount paid or received as rent. 2) the action of renting. 3) N. Amer. a rented house or car. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ relating to or available for rent …   English terms dictionary

  • rental — [rent′ l] n. [ME < Anglo Fr < ML rentale] 1. an amount paid or received as rent 2. an income from rents received 3. a house, apartment, car, etc. offered for rent 4. the act of renting adj. of, in, or for rent …   English World dictionary

  • rental — I UK [ˈrent(ə)l] / US noun Word forms rental : singular rental plural rentals * [countable/uncountable] an amount of money that you pay for renting something such as a house, vehicle, or piece of equipment a) [uncountable] the process of renting… …   English dictionary

  • rental — [[t]re̱nt(ə)l[/t]] rentals 1) N UNCOUNT: also N in pl, with supp The rental of something such as a car or piece of equipment is the activity or process of renting it. We can organise car rental from Chicago O Hare Airport. ...Scotland s largest… …   English dictionary

  • rental — rent|al1 [ rentl ] noun * count or uncount an amount of money that you pay for renting something such as a house, vehicle, or piece of equipment a. uncount the process of renting something: car/TV rental rental of: rental of conference rooms b.… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • rental — rent|al [ˈrentl] n 1.) [C usually singular, U] the money that you pay to use a car, television, or other machine over a period of time car/television/telephone etc rental ▪ The price includes accommodation and car rental. ▪ Video rental is… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • rental — noun 1 (countable usually singular) the money that you pay to use a car, television, tools etc over a period of time: 20 of this telephone bill is for line rental. 2 (C, U) an arrangement by which you rent something: TV rentals | rental costs | a …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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