- To relent is to become less severe, to soften in attitude or temper, or to give up on an intense position.
- An example of relent is when a very hard rain starts to let up a bit.
- An example of relent is when a person who was sticking firmly to a harsh position eventually gives in.
- to soften in temper, resolution, etc.; become less severe, stern, or stubborn
- Obsolete to melt
Origin: Middle English relenten, to melt, ultimately from Classical Latin from re-, again plush lentus, flexible, pliant, slow: see lithe
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verb re·lent·ed, re·lent·ing, re·lents verb, intransitive
- To cause to slacken or abate.
- To cause to soften in attitude or temper.
Origin: Middle English relenten, to melt, from Anglo-Norman relenter, from relent, damp : Latin re-, re- + Latin lentus, sticky, slow.