AskDefine | Define relent

Dictionary Definition

relent v : give in, as to influence or pressure [syn: yield, soften] [ant: stand]

User Contributed Dictionary




re- + lentus


  1. Stay; stop; delay.


  1. To become less rigid or hard; to yield; to dissolve; to melt; to deliquesce.
  2. 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. To slacken; to abate.
  4. To soften; to dissolve.
  5. To mollify; to cause to be less harsh or severe.

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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