Definition of relent :
1. Stay; stop; delay.
2. To become less rigid or hard; to yield; to dissolve; to melt; to deliquesce.
3. 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.
4. To mollify ; to cause to be less harsh or severe.
5. To slacken; to abate.
6. To soften; to dissolve.
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forgive (part of speech: verb)
pity (part of speech: verb)
- Not for a moment did he relent. - "The Rector of St. Mark's", Mary J. Holmes.
- Her father was the first to relent, and was finally brought, by Lottie's irresistible witchery, quite over on her side. - "From Jest to Earnest", E. P. Roe.
- Not that he meant to relent or alter his determination. - "Mr. Meeson's Will", H. Rider Haggard.