Definitions for relentrɪˈlɛnt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

re•lentrɪˈlɛnt(v.i.)

  1. to soften in feeling, temper, or determination; become more mild, compassionate, or forgiving.

  2. to become less severe; slacken.

  3. (v.t.)Obs. to cause to soften or slacken.

Origin of relent:

1350–1400; ME < AF relenter= L re-re - +lentāre to bend, der. of lentus flexible, viscous, slow

re•lent′ing•ly(adv.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. yield, relent, soften(verb)

    give in, as to influence or pressure

Wiktionary

  1. relent(Noun)

    Stay; stop; delay.

  2. relent(Verb)

    To become less severe or intense; to become less hard, harsh, or cruel; to soften in temper; to become more mild and tender; to feel compassion.

  3. relent(Verb)

    To slacken; to abate.

  4. relent(Verb)

    To lessen, make less severe or fast.

  5. relent(Verb)

    To become less rigid or hard; to soften; to yield; to dissolve; to melt; to deliquesce.

    The solid block attracted moisture from the air and relented into a thick brown liquour.

  6. Origin: From re- + lentus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Relent(verb)

    to become less rigid or hard; to yield; to dissolve; to melt; to deliquesce

  2. Relent(verb)

    to become less severe or intense; to become less hard, harsh, cruel, or the like; to soften in temper; to become more mild and tender; to feel compassion

  3. Relent(verb)

    to slacken; to abate

  4. Relent(verb)

    to soften; to dissolve

  5. Relent(verb)

    to mollify ; to cause to be less harsh or severe

  6. Relent(noun)

    stay; stop; delay


Translations for relent

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

relent(verb)

to become less severe or unkind; to agree after refusing at first

At first she wouldn't let them go to the cinema, but in the end she relented.

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