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re·lent

 (rĭ-lĕnt′)
intr.v. re·lent·ed, re·lent·ing, re·lents
1. To become more lenient, compassionate, or forgiving. See Synonyms at yield.
2. To become less severe or intense; slacken: The storm finally relented.

[Middle English relenten, to melt, from Anglo-Norman relenter, from relent, damp : Latin re-, re- + Latin lentus, sticky, slow.]

relent

(rɪˈlɛnt)
vb (intr)
1. to change one's mind about some decided course, esp a harsh one; become more mild or amenable
2. (of the pace or intensity of something) to slacken
3. (of the weather) to become more mild
[C14: from re- + Latin lentāre to bend, from lentus flexible, tenacious]

re•lent

(rɪˈlɛnt)

v.i.
1. to soften in feeling, temper, or determination; become more mild, compassionate, or forgiving.
2. to become less severe; slacken.
v.t.
3. Obs. to cause to soften or slacken.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French relenter= Latin re- re- + lentāre to bend, derivative of lentus flexible, viscous, slow]
re•lent′ing•ly, adv.

relent

, resolve - Relent and resolve originally meant "melt, dissolve" in literal (under the influence of heat) and figurative senses.
See also related terms for melting.

relent


Past participle: relented
Gerund: relenting

Imperative
relent
relent
Present
I relent
you relent
he/she/it relents
we relent
you relent
they relent
Preterite
I relented
you relented
he/she/it relented
we relented
you relented
they relented
Present Continuous
I am relenting
you are relenting
he/she/it is relenting
we are relenting
you are relenting
they are relenting
Present Perfect
I have relented
you have relented
he/she/it has relented
we have relented
you have relented
they have relented
Past Continuous
I was relenting
you were relenting
he/she/it was relenting
we were relenting
you were relenting
they were relenting
Past Perfect
I had relented
you had relented
he/she/it had relented
we had relented
you had relented
they had relented
Future
I will relent
you will relent
he/she/it will relent
we will relent
you will relent
they will relent
Future Perfect
I will have relented
you will have relented
he/she/it will have relented
we will have relented
you will have relented
they will have relented
Future Continuous
I will be relenting
you will be relenting
he/she/it will be relenting
we will be relenting
you will be relenting
they will be relenting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been relenting
you have been relenting
he/she/it has been relenting
we have been relenting
you have been relenting
they have been relenting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been relenting
you will have been relenting
he/she/it will have been relenting
we will have been relenting
you will have been relenting
they will have been relenting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been relenting
you had been relenting
he/she/it had been relenting
we had been relenting
you had been relenting
they had been relenting
Conditional
I would relent
you would relent
he/she/it would relent
we would relent
you would relent
they would relent
Past Conditional
I would have relented
you would have relented
he/she/it would have relented
we would have relented
you would have relented
they would have relented
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.relent - give in, as to influence or pressure
truckle - yield to out of weakness

relent

verb
2. ease, die down, let up, fall, drop, slow, relax, weaken, slacken If the bad weather relents the game will be finished today.
ease increase, strengthen, intensify

relent

verb
To moderate or change a position or course of action as a result of pressure:
Idiom: give way.
Translations
يَلين
povolitslitovat sesmilovat sezměknoutobměkčit
give efter
mildast
atmaigt, kļūt pieļāvīgākam
dať sa obmäkčiť
insafa gelmekyumuşamak

relent

[rɪˈlent] VI
1. (= show compassion) → ablandarse, aplacarse
2. (= let up) [person] → descansar (fig) [weather] → mejorar

relent

[rɪˈlɛnt] vi
(= reverse a decision) → plier
(= soften one's attitude) → fléchir

relent

vi (person)nachgeben; (pace, pain)nachlassen; (weather)sich bessern

relent

[rɪˈlɛnt] vi (frm) → cedere

relent

(rəˈlent) verb
to become less severe or unkind; to agree after refusing at first. At first she wouldn't let them go to the cinema, but in the end she relented.
reˈlentless adjective
without pity; not allowing anything to keep one from what one is doing or trying to do. The police fight a relentless battle against crime.
reˈlentlessly adverb
reˈlentlessness noun
References in classic literature ?
I was beginning to relent towards my wretched partner; to pity his forlorn, comfortless condition, unalleviated as it is by the consolations of intellectual resources and the answer of a good conscience towards God; and to think I ought to sacrifice my pride, and renew my efforts once again to make his home agreeable and lead him back to the path of virtue; not by false professions of love, and not by pretended remorse, but by mitigating my habitual coldness of manner, and commuting my frigid civility into kindness wherever an opportunity occurred; and not only was I beginning to think so, but I had already begun to act upon the thought - and what was the result?
When the whole earth is vibrant with life, does it not seem to you, Octavie, that heaven might for once relent and give us back our dead?" He spoke very low, advisedly, and impressively.
For you too have a boy, Captain Ahab --though but a child, and nestling safely at home now --a child of your old age too -- Yes, yes, you relent; I see it --run, run, men, now, and stand by to square in the yards.
"Thou shalt die," said Rhadamanthus in a loud voice; "relent, thou tiger; humble thyself, proud Nimrod; suffer and he silent, for no impossibilities are asked of thee; it is not for thee to inquire into the difficulties in this matter; smacked thou must be, pricked thou shalt see thyself, and with pinches thou must be made to howl.
So poor Uncle Andrew had to go ruefully home, hoping that she would relent later on, because he was really very much in love with her."
'Here he is, master,' said he, 'I have got the better of him': and when the farmer saw his old servant, his heart relented, and he said.
Struck by his desperate dauntlessness, and his wild desire to visit Christendom, the captain at last relented, and told him he might make himself at home.
That was because for once in your life you had relented so far as to obey my wishes.
At last, whether it was that Fortune relented, or whether it was no longer in her power to disappoint him, he came into the very street which was honoured by his lordship's residence; and, being directed to the house, he gave one gentle rap at the door.
Security agencies should not relent or listen to any sympathiser of any criminal member until Mombasa is free from any homegrown terror group.
Pinromise natin sa Filipino people 'yan, that na we will not relax, we will not relent against illegal drugs dahil 'yan ang pinangako ng Pangulo.'
When Tajuddin refused to relent, however, Nga increased the penalty.