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Meaning of “relent” in the English Dictionary

"relent" in British English

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relentverb [I]

uk   us   /rɪˈlent/
to ​act in a less ​severe way towards someone and ​allow something that you had ​refused to ​allow before: Her ​parentseventually relented and ​let her go to the ​party. The ​securityguard relented and ​let them through.
(Definition of relent from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"relent" in American English

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relentverb [I]

 us   /rɪˈlent/
to do something you had ​refused to do before, or to ​allow someone to do something that you had ​refused to ​allow before: For ​days we ​begged him to ​see a ​doctor about his ​cough, and ​finally he relented.
(Definition of relent from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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