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Synonyms of 'relent'

(verb) 
Definition
to change one's mind about some decision
Finally his mother relented.
Synonyms
be merciful
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yield
She yielded to general pressure.
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give in
My parents gave in and let me go to the camp.
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give way
I knew he'd give way if I nagged enough.
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come round
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capitulate
The club eventually capitulated and granted equal rights to women.
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acquiesce
They seemed to acquiesce in the decision.
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change your mind
, , ,
show mercy
,
have pity
, ,
give quarter
Opposites
remain firm
,
show no mercy
,
give no quarter
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be unyielding
(verb) 
Definition
to become milder or less severe
If the bad weather relents the game will be finished today.
Synonyms
ease
The heavy snow had eased a little.
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die down
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let up
The rain had let up.
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fall
Her father fell into the sea after a massive heart attack.
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drop
Temperatures can drop to freezing at night.
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relax
He gradually relaxed his grip on the arms of the chair.
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weaken
Her opponents believe that her authority has been fatally weakened.
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slacken
Her grip slackened on his arm.
Opposites

Additional synonyms

in the sense of acquiesce
Definition
to agree to what someone wants
They seemed to acquiesce in the decision.
Synonyms
go along with,
bow to,
cave in (informal),
accede,
play ball (informal),
hoist the white flag
in the sense of capitulate
Definition
to surrender under agreed conditions
The club eventually capitulated and granted equal rights to women.
Synonyms
come to terms,
cave in (informal),
in the sense of drop
Definition
to decrease in amount, strength, or value
Temperatures can drop to freezing at night.

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