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1let

verb \ˈlet\
let·tedletted or letlet·ting

Definition of LET

transitive verb
archaic
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Origin of LET

Middle English letten, from Old English lettan to delay, hinder; akin to Old High German lezzen to delay, hurt, Old English ̄t late
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with LET

2let

noun

tennis : a serve that is not accepted or allowed officially and must be done again

Full Definition of LET

1
:  something that impedes :  obstruction <ruled his little world without hindrance or let — B. F. Reilly>
2
:  a shot or point in racket games that does not count and must be replayed

Examples of LET

  1. The first serve was a let.
  2. <a private resort that allows vacationers to experience without let the joys of nudism>

First Known Use of LET

12th century

3let

verb
letlet·ting

Definition of LET

transitive verb
1
:  to cause to :  make <let me know>
2
a chiefly British :  to offer or grant for rent or lease <let rooms>
b :  to assign especially after bids <let a contract>
3
a :  to give opportunity to or fail to prevent <live and let live> <a break in the clouds let us see the summit> <let the opportunity slip>
b —used in the imperative to introduce a request or proposal <let us pray>
c —used as an auxiliary to express a warning <let him try>
4
:  to free from or as if from confinement <let out a scream> <let blood>
5
:  to permit to enter, pass, or leave <let them through> <let them off with a warning>
6
:  to make an adjustment to <let out the waist>
intransitive verb
1
chiefly British :  to become rented or leased
2
:  to become awarded to a contractor
let alone
:  to leave undisturbed <let the flowers alone>; also :  to leave to oneself <wanted to be let alone>
let fly
1
:  to hurl an object
2
:  to give unrestrained expression to an emotion or utterance <let fly with some sharp rebukes — Janice Castro>
let go
1
:  to dismiss from employment <the firm let him go at the end of the month>
2
:  to abandon self-restraint :  let fly <spoke in clipped sentences, as if fearful of letting go — David Kline> <there just to party, just to let go — Philippe Vergne>
3
:  to relax or release one's hold —used with of <let go of stress — Kathy McCoy> <let go of my arm>
4
:  to fail to take care of :  neglect <let himself go and got real fat — Bill Parcells>
let it all hang out
:  to reveal one's true feelings :  act without dissimulation
let one have it
:  to subject to vigorous assault
let one's hair down
:  to act without pretense or self-restraint
let rip
1
:  to utter or release without restraint <let 'er rip>
2
:  to do or utter something without restraint <let rip at the press>
let the cat out of the bag
:  to give away a secret

Origin of LET

Middle English leten, from Old English ̄tan; akin to Old High German lāzzan to permit, and perhaps to Lithuanian lėnas tranquil
First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of LET

hire, let, lease, rent, charter mean to engage or grant for use at a price. hire and let, strictly speaking, are complementary terms, hire implying the act of engaging or taking for use and let the granting of use <we hired a car for the summer> <decided to let the cottage to a young couple>. lease strictly implies a letting under the terms of a contract but is often applied to hiring on a lease <the diplomat leased an apartment for a year>. rent stresses the payment of money for the full use of property and may imply either hiring or letting <instead of buying a house, they decided to rent> <will not rent to families with children>. charter applies to the hiring or letting of a vehicle usually for exclusive use <charter a bus to go to the game>.
LET GO Defined for Kids

let

verb \ˈlet\
letlet·ting

Definition of LET for Kids

1
:  to allow or permit to <Let them go.>
2
:  to allow to go or pass <Let me through.>
3
:  to cause to :  make <Let it be known that I'm not going to confess.>
4
:  2rent 2 <rooms to let>
5
—used as a warning <Just let him try to do it again!>
let alone
:  to leave undisturbed
let down
:  disappoint <Don't let me down.>
let go
1
:  to relax or release a grip <Please let go of my arm.>
2
:  to dismiss from employment
3
:  to fail to take care of <They let the garden go.>
let on
:  to admit or reveal <… Sam Fraunces never let on that he knew any of them. — Judith Berry Griffin, Phoebe the Spy>
let up
1
:  to slow down
2
:  1stop 4, cease <The rain has finally let up.>

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