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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 re·lent /rɪˈlɛnt/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Re·lent v. i. [imp. & p. p. Relented; p. pr. & vb. n. Relenting.]
 1. To become less rigid or hard; to yield; to dissolve; to melt; to deliquesce. [Obs.]
 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Re·lent, v. t.
 1. To slacken; to abate. [Obs.]
    And oftentimes he would relent his pace.   --Spenser.
 2. To soften; to dissolve. [Obs.]
 3. To mollify ; to cause to be less harsh or severe. [Obs.]

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Re·lent n. Stay; stop; delay. [Obs.]
 Nor rested till she came without relent
 Unto the land of Amazons.   --Spenser.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v : give in, as to influence or pressure [syn: yield, soften]
          [ant: stand]