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.
Recent Examples of relent from the Web
Nakasone, who is now head of the National Security Agency, relented, and agreed to let Camarillo and Lynch borrow a handful of soldiers to work on technology that could disable enemy drones.
After the end of the second World War, Franco gradually began to relent in his repression of Catalan culture.
Joe eventually relented, only to remove it on another day and wait to see what happened.
The president relented after the White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, threatened to resign, an episode that the special counsel wants to ask about.
But as warm summers and food waste have kept rat problems at the forefront of city living, the EPA has relented.
After Trump relented, the Democratic response was far from consistent or coordinated.
The nation went into shock, the debate raged, and finally, Messie relented.
Netflix canceled the show after the second season, but an uproar from fans convinced the streaming site to relent.
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abate, de-escalate, decline, decrease, die (away or down or out), diminish, drain (away), drop (off), dwindle, ease, ebb, fall, fall away, lessen, let up, lower, moderate, pall, phase down, ratchet (down) also rachet (down) , recede, remit, shrink, subside, taper, taper off, wane;
Synonym Discussion of relent
- yields too easily in any argument
- a repentant sinner vowing to submit to the will of God
- officials capitulated to the protesters' demands
- a stage actor succumbing to the lure of Hollywood
- finally relented and let the children stay up late
- I defer to your expertise in these matters
RELENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of relent for English Language Learners
: to agree to do or accept something that you have been resisting or opposing
: to become less severe, harsh, strong, determined, etc.
RELENT Defined for Kids
Definition of relent for Students
- The wind relented by evening.
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