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Definition of relent verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they relent
    he / she / it relents
    past simple relented
    -ing form relenting
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  1. 1[intransitive] to finally agree to something after refusing synonym give in (to somebody/something) “Well, just for a little while then,” she said, finally relenting.
  2. 2[intransitive] to become less determined, strong, etc. After two days the rain relented. The police will not relent in their fight against crime.
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