Relent

Definition of Relent

Re`lent´   Pronunciation: r?-l?nt´
v. i.1.To become less rigid or hard; to yield; to dissolve; to melt; to deliquesce.
[imp. & p. p. Relented; p. pr. & vb. n. Relenting.]
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.
v. t.1.To slacken; to abate.
And oftentimes he would relent his pace.
- Spenser.
2.To soften; to dissolve.
3.To mollify ; to cause to be less harsh or severe.
n.1.Stay; stop; delay.
Nor rested till she came without relent
Unto the land of Amazons.
- Spenser.

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