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
Rhymes with relent
absent, accent, Advent, anent, ascent, assent, augment, besprent, cement, comment, consent, content, convent, descent, detent, dissent, docent, event, extent, ferment, foment, fragment, frequent, hell-bent, indent, intent, invent, lament, loment, low-rent, mordent, outspent, percent, pigment, portent, present, prevent, pup tent, quitrent, rack-rent, repent, resent, segment, Shymkent, Tashkent, torment, well-meant, wisent
RELENT Defined for Kids
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.>
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up relent? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).