- 1Abandon or mitigate a severe or harsh attitude, especially by finally yielding to a request: she was going to refuse his request, but relentedMore example sentences
change one's mind, do a U-turn, back-pedal, back down, give way, give in, capitulate, yield, accede, come round, acquiesce; soften, melt, weaken, unbend, become merciful, become lenient, have/show pity, have/show mercy, give quarter; agree to something, allow something, concede something, admit something; British do an about-turn
- 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.
- 1.1Become less severe or intense: the rain relentedMore example sentences
- 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.
late Middle English (in the sense 'dissolve, melt'): based on Latin re- 'back' + lentare 'to bend' (from lentus 'flexible').