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French Expressions with Rendre

Idiomatic French expressions

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The French verb rendre literally means "to return" and is also used in many idiomatic expressions. Learn how to give thanks, glorify, comply with orders, and more with this list of expressions with rendre.

Possible meanings of rendre
  • to give back, return (more info)
  • to administer (justice)
  • to hand in (homework)
  • to pay off (e.g., an experiment)
  • to produce, make, yield
  • to repay
  • to render (a thought, an expression)
  • to surrender
  • to vomit

Expressions with rendre

rendre + adjective
to make (happy, scared, mad....)

rendre l'âme
to breathe one's last

rendre un culte à
to worship

rendre de la distance (running)
to have a (distance) handicap

rendre gloire à
to glorify

rendre gorge
to repay unfairly gotten gains

rendre grâces à
to give thanks to

rendre hommage à
to pay homage to

rendre honneur à - rendre les derniers honneurs à
- to pay tribute to - to pay the last tributes to

rendre du poids (horse-riding)
to have a (weight) handicap

rendre des points
to give someone a head start

rendre raison de quelque chose à
to give a reason for something

rendre service
to be a great help, to be handy

rendre service à quelqu'un
to do someone a service

rendre le soupir
to breathe one's last

rendre visite à quelqu'un
to visit someone (more info)


se rendre à
to go to

se rendre à l'appel de quelqu'un
to respond to someone's appeal

se rendre à l'avis de quelqu'un
to bow to someone's advice

se rendre compte de
to realize

se rendre à l'evidence
to face facts

se rendre aux ordres
to comply with orders

se rendre aux prières de quelqu'un  
to yield to someone's pleas

se rendre aux raisons de quelqu'un
to bow to someone's reasons

Rendez-vous compte !
Just imagine!

Tu te rends compte ?
Can you imagine?


Rendre conjugations
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