What does the word relent mean?

Usage examples for relent

  1. But I was too proud to relent so soon, and tried to keep up my rage, which all the while was cooling fast. – Banked Fires by E. W. (Ethel Winifred) Savi
  2. I will be patient, and wait till you are less cruel- till you relent towards me: for now you are to me, I may say, harsh. – By Birth a Lady by George Manville Fenn