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
Examples of let in a Sentence
The first serve was a let.
artists are allowed to sell their goods in the public square without let or hindrance
Recent Examples on the Web
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Middle English leten, from Old English lǣtan; akin to Old High German lāzzan to permit, and perhaps to Lithuanian lėnas tranquil
Middle English letten, from Old English lettan to delay, hinder; akin to Old High German lezzen to delay, hurt, Old English lǣt late
Middle English, from Middle French -elet, from -el, diminutive suffix (from Latin -ellus) + -et