Definition of relent in US English:

relent

verb

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  • 1Abandon or mitigate a harsh intention or cruel treatment.

    ‘she was going to refuse his request, but 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Finally relenting to Mrs Perez's request, she said, ‘Alright, I'll do it now.’’
    • ‘The seller's emotion stays high, until the buyer finally relents.’
    • ‘When Rachel's friends drag her drinking on a holiday party sometime in her third year she finally relents and starts drinking.’
    • ‘He came back every day for a week, and I finally relented.’
    • ‘She saw the look in Adonea's eye soften, and she finally relented.’
    • ‘One driver stubbornly resists letting his girlfriend into his cancer-stricken life but finally relents and lets her do the driving.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Finally, Cathena relents and leave Eric alone with her father.’
    • ‘And in the name of a good cause, Ponder, who works at the paper's Colchester office, has finally relented.’
    • ‘Finally, she relents, replacing it within her purse.’
    • ‘He finally relented to the truth with a foolish grin.’
    • ‘We explained to the guy how this was going to look, and he finally relented.’
    • ‘Her dad studied her for a minute before finally relenting.’
    • ‘Finally she relented and on March 14, 1998, she became party president.’
    • ‘Vivian just looked at her and Annalise finally relented.’
    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. 1.1 (especially of bad weather) become less severe or intense.
      ‘by evening the rain relented’
      • ‘But qualifying did go ahead yesterday as the rain relented to a drizzle though the track was still soaked.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The atmospheric storm of wind and rain relented in time for the start but Cork ran into another of Waterford's making.’
      • ‘One man who might catch the eye when the rain relents to allow the game to start is Dwayne Smith.’
      • ‘The mists did not relent to the light, they only fell around Nakita and the Neraks, and stayed upon them.’
      ease off, slacken, let up, ease, ease up, relax, abate, drop, fall off, die down, lessen, decrease, diminish, moderate, subside, weaken, tail off
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

relent

/rəˈlent//rəˈlɛnt/