What does relent mean?

Definitions for relentrɪˈlɛnt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word relent.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. yield, relent, soften(verb)

    give in, as to influence or pressure


  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

  7. Origin: [F. ralentir, fr. L. pref. re- re- + ad to + lentus pliant, flexible, slow. See Lithe.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Relent

    rē-lent′, v.i. to slacken, to soften or grow less severe: to grow tender: to feel compassion.—adj. soft-hearted: yielding.—n. (Spens.) relenting.—adjs. Relent′ing, inclining to yield: too soft; Relent′less, without relenting: without tenderness or compassion: merciless.—adv. Relent′lessly.—ns. Relent′lessness; Relent′ment, the state of relenting: relaxation: compassion. [O. Fr. ralentir, to retard—L. relentescĕrere-, back, lentus, pliant.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of relent in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of relent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. President Obama:

    We are not going to relent until we bring home Americans who are unjustly detained in Iran.

  2. Rand Paul:

    And if war should prove unavoidable, America will fight with overwhelming force and we will not relent until victory is ours.

  3. President Barack Obama:

    Our coalition will not relent. Attacks on restaurants and concerts are not the new normal. They can’t beat us on the battlefield so they try to terrorize us into being afraid.

  4. President Obama:

    Our coalition will not relent, they can not beat us on battlefield, so they ’ll try to terrorize us into being afraid. … As president, I will not let that happen. I will not give into fear.

  5. Ambassador Danon:

    BDS is the modern incarnation of anti-Semitism, holding this anti-BDS summit in the UN General Assembly will bring together an international coalition against the boycott movement, and will send a clear message to all of our adversaries – Israel will not relent and will continue to reveal the lies propagated by the BDS movement.

Images & Illustrations of relent

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Translations for relent

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • slitovat se, ochabnout, změknout, smilovat se, povolit, obměkčit seCzech
  • formildeDanish
  • cederSpanish
  • नरम पड़नाHindi
  • placare, cedereItalian
  • verzachten, verblijf, oponthoud, meegeven, verslappen, oplossen, milderen, smeltenDutch
  • a se înmuiaRomanian
  • смягчатьсяRussian
  • 變寬厚Chinese

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