Simple Definition of relent
: to agree to do or accept something that you have been resisting or opposing
: to become less severe, harsh, strong, determined, etc.
Examples of relent in a sentence
Our application was initially refused, but the city relented in the end and the permit was issued.
They had refused to pay and relented only after being threatened with a lawsuit.
The winds would not relent.
Origin and Etymology of relent
Middle English, to melt, soften, from Anglo-French relenter, from re- + Latin lentare to bend, from lentus soft, pliant, slow — more at lithe
First Known Use: 1526
Synonym Discussion of relent
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Definition of relent for Students
1 : to become less severe, harsh, or strict <The wind relented by evening.>
2 : to give in after first resisting or refusing <My dad finally relented and increased my allowance.>
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