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    #1

    render a bomb

    What does "render a bomb" mean?

    Does it mean to blow it up or disable? Is it necessary to add such words like "safe, harmless"? If I don't use them will they be implied or not necessarily?

    He had to render the bomb. (Is it implied that it is supposed to be safe or if I don't add "safe" will it have another meaning?

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    Re: render a bomb

    In what context did you encounter this apparently incomplete sentence?

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    Re: render a bomb

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    In what context did you encounter this apparently incomplete sentence?
    The bomb squad basically has two duties: to render the bomb safe and to collect the evidence.
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    Re: render a bomb

    "safe" is necessary in that sentence.

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    Re: render a bomb

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "safe" is necessary in that sentence.
    Basically "render" means here the same as it means in "He rendered himself happy by ...", right?

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    #6

    Re: render a bomb

    'Render' here means 'make'. "render the bomb safe" = "make the bomb safe".
    Your original question equates to: "What does 'make a bomb' mean, as in "He had to make the bomb."

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    Re: render a bomb

    Quote Originally Posted by Kotfor View Post
    Is it necessary to add such words like "safe, harmless"?
    Yes.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kotfor View Post
    If I don't use them will they be implied?
    No- the sentence will just look incomplete.

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