Definition of relent verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    relent

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//rɪˈlent//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈlent//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they relent
    BrE BrE//rɪˈlent//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈlent//
     
    he / she / it relents
    BrE BrE//rɪˈlents//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈlents//
     
    past simple relented
    BrE BrE//rɪˈlentɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈlentɪd//
     
    past participle relented
    BrE BrE//rɪˈlentɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈlentɪd//
     
    -ing form relenting
    BrE BrE//rɪˈlentɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈlentɪŋ//
     
     
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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. The government has relented on this issue.
  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. The government considered making everybody pay the tax but relented.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘dissolve, melt’): based on Latin re- ‘back’ + lentare ‘to bend’ (from lentus ‘flexible’).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: relent