relent

[ ri-lent ]
/ rɪˈlɛnt /

verb (used without object)

to soften in feeling, temper, or determination; become more mild, compassionate, or forgiving.
to become less severe; slacken: The winds relented.

verb (used with object)

Obsolete. to cause to soften in feeling, temper, or determination.
Obsolete. to cause to slacken; abate.
Obsolete. to abandon; relinquish.

Nearby words

  1. releasing factor,
  2. releasing mechanism,
  3. relegable,
  4. relegate,
  5. relegation,
  6. relentless,
  7. relenza,
  8. relevance,
  9. relevant,
  10. releve

Origin of relent

1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin *relentāre, equivalent to Latin re- re- + lentāre to bend, derivative of lentus flexible, viscous, slow

Related formsre·lent·ing·ly, adverbnon·re·lent·ing, adjectiveun·re·lent·ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for relent

relent

/ (rɪˈlɛnt) /

verb (intr)

to change one's mind about some decided course, esp a harsh one; become more mild or amenable
(of the pace or intensity of something) to slacken
(of the weather) to become more mild

Word Origin for relent

C14: from re- + Latin lentāre to bend, from lentus flexible, tenacious

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Word Origin and History for relent

relent

v.

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.

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