lest

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conjunction \ˈlest\

Definition of lest

  1. :  for fear that —often used after an expression denoting fear or apprehension worried lest she should be late hesitant to speak out lest he be fired

Origin and Etymology of lest

Middle English les the, leste, from Old English thȳ lǣs the, from thȳ (instrumental of thæt that) + lǣs + the, relative particle


First Known Use: before 12th century



LEST Defined for English Language Learners

lest

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conjunction

Definition of lest for English Language Learners

  • : for fear that

  • —used when you are saying something in order to prevent something from happening


LEST Defined for Kids

lest

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conjunction \ˈlest\

Definition of lest for Students

  1. :  for fear that “I have to be sharp and clever, lest I go hungry.” — E. B. White, Charlotte's Web



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