American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To become more lenient, compassionate, or forgiving. See Synonyms at yield.
- v. Obsolete To cause to slacken or abate.
- v. Obsolete To cause to soften in attitude or temper.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To slacken; stay.
- To soften in substance; lose compactness; become less rigid or hard.
- To deliquesce; dissolve; melt; fade away.
- To become less severe or intense; relax.
- To become less harsh, cruel, or obdurate; soften in temper; become more mild and tender; give way; yield; comply; feel compassion.
- To slacken; remit; stay; a bate.
- To soften; mollify; dissolve.
- n. Remission; stay.
- n. Relenting.
- n. Stay; stop; delay.
- v. To become less severe or intense; to become less hard, harsh, or cruel; to soften in temper; to become more mild and tender; to feel compassion.
- v. To slacken; to abate.
- v. obsolete, transitive To lessen, make less severe or fast.
- v. dated To become less rigid or hard; to soften; to yield; to dissolve; to melt; to deliquesce.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To become less rigid or hard; to yield; to dissolve; to melt; to deliquesce.
- v. 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.
- v. obsolete To slacken; to abate.
- v. obsolete To soften; to dissolve.
- v. obsolete To mollify ; to cause to be less harsh or severe.
- n. obsolete Stay; stop; delay.
- v. give in, as to influence or pressure
- From Latin re- + lentus. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English relenten, to melt, from Anglo-Norman relenter, from relent, damp : Latin re-, re- + Latin lentus, sticky, slow. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I couldn't ask for a more peaceful relent from the town.”
“The only thing you are correct on, and I relent is that there is a state homeland security that is louisiana.”
“But he would not relent and would not go away, and in the end they just shut him down.”
“Earlier, President Barack Obama threatened to veto the Pentagon bill that included the military-detention provision, only to relent on Wednesday, despite continued objections from Mr. Mueller and Justice officials over parts of the bill.”
“If it were to fetch an enterprise value of £ 3 billion — the price at which analysts believe Smiths would relent — that would equate to 13 times forecasted fiscal 2011 earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization.”
“She did not relent in her work on behalf of the oppressed even though she was aware she was under Nazi surveillance.”
“Only when that former clerk, Stephen Barnett, bluntly told Brennan in an early 1974 letter that his behavior was "both unconstitutional and simply wrong" did the justice relent and hire his first female clerk.”
“The stepped-up pace of NATO military action in recent days "sends a very clear message that the pressure's not going to relent, that it's actually going to increase," said Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser.”
“He later told the British parliament that the U.S., Britain and their allies "stopped a massacre in Libya" and will not relent until what he called "the shadow of tyranny" is lifted.”
“And because Rick Castle is Cool Dad, for a moment it crossed my mind that he might relent.”
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