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Meaning of RELENT

Pronunciation:  ri'lent

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  give in, as to influence or pressure

RELENT is a 6 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: soften, yield
 Antonyms: remain firm, stand
 See Also: truckle



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Re*lent"\ (r?-l?nt"), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Relented}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Relenting}.] [F. ralentir, fr. L. pref. re- re-
    + ad to + lentus pliant, flexible, slow. See {Lithe}.]
    1. To become less rigid or hard; to yield; to dissolve; to
       melt; to deliquesce. [Obs.]
             He stirred the coals till relente gan The wax again
             the fire.                             --Chaucer.
             [Salt of tartar] placed in a cellar will . . . begin
             to relent.                            --Boyle.
             When opening buds salute the welcome day, And earth,
             relenting, feels the genial ray.      --Pope.
    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.
             Can you . . . behold My sighs and tears, and will
             not once relent?                      --Shak.
  2. \Re*lent"\, v. t.
    1. To slacken; to abate. [Obs.]
             And oftentimes he would relent his pace. --Spenser.
    2. To soften; to dissolve. [Obs.]
    3. To mollify; to cause to be less harsh or severe. [Obs.]
  3. \Re*lent"\ (r?-l?nt"), n.
    Stay; stop; delay. [Obs.]
          Nor rested till she came without relent Unto the land
          of Amazons.                              --Spenser.