verb \ˈlet\
let·tedletted or letlet·ting

Definition of LET

transitive verb

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



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

Full Definition of LET

:  something that impedes :  obstruction <ruled his little world without hindrance or let — B. F. Reilly>
:  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



Definition of LET

transitive verb
:  to cause to :  make <let me know>
a chiefly British :  to offer or grant for rent or lease <let rooms>
b :  to assign especially after bids <let a contract>
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>
:  to free from or as if from confinement <let out a scream> <let blood>
:  to permit to enter, pass, or leave <let them through> <let them off with a warning>
:  to make an adjustment to <let out the waist>
intransitive verb
chiefly British :  to become rented or leased
:  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
:  to hurl an object
:  to give unrestrained expression to an emotion or utterance <let fly with some sharp rebukes — Janice Castro>
let go
:  to dismiss from employment <the firm let him go at the end of the month>
:  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>
:  to relax or release one's hold —used with of <let go of stress — Kathy McCoy> <let go of my arm>
:  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
:  to utter or release without restraint <let 'er rip>
:  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


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