1. The act of rendering: the rendition of a verdict.
2. An interpretation or performance of a musical score or a dramatic piece.
3. A translation from one language to another.
a. The surrender of a person, place, or possession, as to an authority or a victorious force.
b. The transfer of a prisoner or suspect from one country to another, often to avoid legal restrictions on interrogation or prosecution.
[Obsolete French, from Old French rendre, to give back; see RENDER.]
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