Definition of relent in English:

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Pronunciation: /rəˈlent/


[no object]
1Abandon or mitigate a harsh intention or cruel treatment: she was going to refuse his request, but relented
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  • Finally relenting to Mrs Perez's request, she said, ‘Alright, I'll do it now.’
  • She saw the look in Adonea's eye soften, and she finally relented.
  • One driver stubbornly resists letting his girlfriend into his cancer-stricken life but finally relents and lets her do the driving.
change one's mind, backpedal, do a U-turn, back down, give way/in, capitulate;
become merciful, become lenient, agree to something, allow something, concede something
formal accede
1.1(Especially of bad weather) become less severe or intense: by evening the rain relented
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  • One man who might catch the eye when the rain relents to allow the game to start is Dwayne Smith.
  • The atmospheric storm of wind and rain relented in time for the start but Cork ran into another of Waterford's making.
  • But qualifying did go ahead yesterday as the rain relented to a drizzle though the track was still soaked.
ease off/up, slacken, let up, abate, drop, die down, lessen, decrease, subside, weaken


Late Middle English (in the sense 'dissolve, melt'): based on Latin re- 'back' + lentare 'to bend' (from lentus 'flexible').

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Syllabification: re·lent

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