Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

relent | relentless | unrelenting

relent
Meaning(s)
1) cease resistance to something, become less severe
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    • I finally relented and agreed to go
  • Analysis

    The verb 'relent' means to yield or give in to something, particularly a request. Yield can also mean to become less severe in some way. This is a verb you might see used more often in formal contexts.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I told my friends that I didn't feel like going to the concert at the weekend, but they kept on asking until I finally relented and agreed to go with them.
    2. If the rain relents a little by this afternoon, maybe we can get a few rounds of golf in.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Anna was absolutely relentless in her pursuit of that promotion. She wasn't going to let anything stand in her way.
    2. When the business refused to pay us the money they owed, we threatened them with a lawsuit. It was the only thing that would make them relent.
    3. After a while, the unrelenting pressures of the job really started to get to me. I needed to take an extended break.
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