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render something down

1. Lit. to cook the fat out of something. Polly rendered the chicken fat down to a bit of golden grease that she would use in cooking a special dish. Jane rendered down the fat for use later. The cook rendered it down.
2. Fig. to reduce or simplify something to its essentials. Let's render this problem down to the considerations that are important to us. Can't we render down this matter into its essentials? Not all of this is important. Let's render it down.
See also: down, render

render something in(to) something

to translate something into something. Now, see if you can render this passage in French. Are you able to render this into German?
See also: render

render something to someone or something

 and render something up (to someone or something)
to give something to someone or a group. You must render your taxes to the government. I will render my money to the tax collector. I had to render up all my earnings.
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To this rumour John always returned a stout denial, which he accompanied, however, with a lurking grin, that rendered the suspicious doubtful, and fully confirmed all previous believers.
The appearance of such a train, in that bleak and solitary place, was rendered the more remarkable by the fact, that the surrounding country offered so little, that was tempting to the cupidity of speculation, and, if possible, still less that was flattering to the hopes of an ordinary settler of new lands.
The dress of this individual was a mixture of the coarsest vestments of a husbandman with the leathern garments, that fashion as well as use, had in some degree rendered necessary to one engaged in his present pursuits.
What he loved above all else in the maternal edifice, that which aroused his soul, and made it open its poor wings, which it kept so miserably folded in its cavern, that which sometimes rendered him even happy, was the bells.
Officially, at large gatherings, everyone said that Countess Bezukhova had died of a terrible attack of angina pectoris, but in intimate circles details were mentioned of how the private physician of the Queen of Spain had prescribed small doses of a certain drug to produce a certain effect; but Helene, tortured by the fact that the old count suspected her and that her husband to whom she had written (that wretched, profligate Pierre) had not replied, had suddenly taken a very large dose of the drug, and had died in agony before assistance could be rendered her.
As to the great service," said Carton, "I am bound to avow to you, when you speak of it in that way, that it was mere professional claptrap, I don't know that I cared what became of you, when I rendered it.
The result is a rendered wall that looks as though the builders only left yesterday.
Public service, Worcester Street, services rendered.
1 : to cause to be or become He was rendered helpless by the blow.
At times during the production, Meteor Studios exhibited performance over 100,000 IOPS sustained, producing rendered frames for review.
Notwithstanding the scope of an in-house tax department's operational responsibilities, in the overwhelming majority of cases, the written tax advice rendered both intra- and inter-departmentally rarely if ever falls within the category of guidance that was the principal target of the regulations: tax shelter opinions.
Since the considerations leading to such a model were beyond our scope we were forced to rely on visual comparison of an object and its rendered image combined with a comparison of radiance measurements of the object and image.
Kuru was believed to be spread by cannibalistic rituals there involving eating the brains of others; the affected cow had been given feed which included, among other things, rendered brains and spinal columns from sheep.
Payments for the use or occupancy of room or other space where services are also rendered to the occupant, such as for the use or occupancy of rooms or other quarters in hotels.
Thus, a court ruled a confession was not rendered involuntary when an officer falsely told the defendant that the department had received a report that a witness had seen defendant's vehicle where the victim had been raped and that he would have to explain why his vehicle was there.