Definition of relent in English:

relent

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1 Abandon or mitigate a severe or harsh attitude, especially by finally yielding to a request.

    ‘she was going to refuse his request, but relented’
    • ‘Finally she relented and on March 14, 1998, she became party president.’
    • ‘When Rachel's friends drag her drinking on a holiday party sometime in her third year she finally relents and starts drinking.’
    • ‘We explained to the guy how this was going to look, and he finally relented.’
    • ‘When the children cry for food, however, he finally relents.’
    • ‘Time often dilutes anger and passion and Hollywood began to relent in its attitude against Kazan.’
    • ‘Her dad studied her for a minute before finally relenting.’
    • ‘Finally relenting to Mrs Perez's request, she said, ‘Alright, I'll do it now.’’
    • ‘Vivian just looked at her and Annalise finally relented.’
    • ‘Finally Christine relented and allowed Debbie to at least see if a kidney match was on - it was, but things were far from done and dusted.’
    • ‘But despite the best efforts of his closest aides, it was not until two hours later that the Pope finally relented, the report said.’
    • ‘Finally relenting to the tempting rays of sun, I undressed and sat down on the towel that I had already spread out.’
    • ‘As if finally relenting, the thing moved - first only slightly, before turning and walking along the outside of the fire light.’
    • ‘The seller's emotion stays high, until the buyer finally relents.’
    • ‘He finally relented to the truth with a foolish grin.’
    • ‘She saw the look in Adonea's eye soften, and she finally relented.’
    • ‘He came back every day for a week, and I finally relented.’
    • ‘And in the name of a good cause, Ponder, who works at the paper's Colchester office, has finally relented.’
    • ‘Finally, Cathena relents and leave Eric alone with her father.’
    • ‘One driver stubbornly resists letting his girlfriend into his cancer-stricken life but finally relents and lets her do the driving.’
    • ‘Finally, she relents, replacing it within her purse.’
    change one's mind, do a u-turn, back-pedal, back down, give way, give in, capitulate, yield, accede, come round, acquiesce
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    1. 1.1Become less severe or intense.
      ‘the rain relented’
      • ‘The mists did not relent to the light, they only fell around Nakita and the Neraks, and stayed upon them.’
      • ‘One man who might catch the eye when the rain relents to allow the game to start is Dwayne Smith.’
      • ‘But qualifying did go ahead yesterday as the rain relented to a drizzle though the track was still soaked.’
      • ‘The atmospheric storm of wind and rain relented in time for the start but Cork ran into another of Waterford's making.’
      • ‘Although the adverse weather had relented for the kick-off, earlier rain had left the Valerie Street pitch on the tacky side.’
      • ‘The rain did not relent, and even seemed to be enhanced at times as its path became more horizontal.’
      • ‘Outside, the sky rumbled, and the falling rain did not relent.’

Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘dissolve, melt’): based on Latin re- back + lentare to bend (from lentus flexible).

Pronunciation:

relent

/rɪˈlɛnt/