V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. tear, split, or divide with force; 2. to take something or somebody away using force; 3. to pierce with a loud scream or shriek; 4. to cause distress to somebody

Synonyms: separate, rip, sever, sunder, cleave, lacerate, split, pierce, pull, tear

Antonyms: attach, join, meld, unite

Tips: The past tense of rend is rent. Rend is a word that connotes violence and power in the way that things are torn or split apart.

Usage Examples:

The tornado is likely to rend apart everything in its path. (rip, sever)

The senator's extreme left-wing advisor may prove to rend the voters who want a more moderate approach. (separate, split)

A woman's scream rent the air, and we all ran over to see what had happened. (pierced)

When she found out that her husband was cheating on her, Daisy rent his clothes from the closet and threw them out the window in anger. (pulled, tore)

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