verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- releasing factor,
- releasing mechanism,
Origin of relent
Examples from the Web for relent
She begged their father to contact him, refusing to relent until he sent an inquiring telegram.Knocking on Heaven's Door: True Stories of Unexplained, Uncanny Experiences at the Hour of Death|Patricia Pearson|August 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Only then does Trudy relent, saying that he should get an apartment in Manhattan.
Then, in 1937, in a 5–4 decision, the Justices began to relent.Is the Supreme Court’s Health-Care Ruling a Turning Point in Constitutional Law?|Randy Barnett|June 28, 2012|DAILY BEAST
By early Wednesday morning, Abedin had returned, but Weiner sent no signals to Washington that he was ready to relent.
And the senate, pressured by businesses, is in no mood to relent.
Some interested parties vainly urged the Governor to relent and allow some supplies to be sent in.By Canoe and Dog-Train|Egerton Ryerson Young
Wanhope had the effect of appealing to Minver, but the painter would not relent.Questionable Shapes|William Dean Howells
Stires seemed to relent towards me now that Follet was gone.
She went on a few steps, and then seemed to relent a little.The Moonstone|Wilkie Collins
On this point, however, he was brought to relent before the hour of dinner.Rachel Ray|Anthony Trollope
Word Origin for relent
late 14c., "to melt, soften, dissolve," from re- + Latin lentus "slow, viscous, supple" (see lithe), perhaps on model of Old French rallentir. Sense of "become less harsh or cruel" first recorded 1520s. The notion probably is of a hard heart melting with pity. Related: Relented; relenting.