Meaning of relent

re•lent

Pronunciation: (ri-lent'), [key]
— v.i.
  1. to soften in feeling, temper, or determination; become more mild, compassionate, or forgiving.
  2. to become less severe; slacken: The winds relented.
—v.t.
  1. to cause to soften in feeling, temper, or determination.
  2. to cause to slacken; abate.
  3. to abandon; relinquish.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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