- 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[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. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘dissolve, melt’): based on Latin re-
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//