verb \ri-ˈlent\

: to agree to do or accept something that you have been resisting or opposing

: to become less severe, harsh, strong, determined, etc.

Full Definition of RELENT

intransitive verb
a :  to become less severe, harsh, or strict usually from reasons of humanity
b :  to cease resistance :  give in
transitive verb
obsolete :  soften, mollify

Examples of RELENT

  1. Our application was initially refused, but the city relented in the end and the permit was issued.
  2. They had refused to pay and relented only after being threatened with a lawsuit.
  3. The winds would not relent.

Origin 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


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