Definition of RELENT

to cease resistance (as to another's arguments, demands, or control) <the supervisor finally relented in the face of the petition, and allowed employees to take longer lunch breaks>
Related Words acquiesce; defer
Antonyms resist
to grow less in scope or intensity especially gradually <the fury of the storm relented, and the next day the sun finally broke through the clouds>
Related Words compress, condense, constrict, contract; evaporate, fade (away), fritter (away), give out, melt (away), peter (out), tail (off), vanish; slacken, slow (down); alleviate, relax; flag, sink, weaken; cave (in), collapse, deflate

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