let (something or someone) go
Definition of let (something or someone) go
1 : to stop holding or gripping (something or someone) He let the rope go. Let go my hand —often used figuratively I know she disappointed you, but you need to let the past go and move on with your life.
2 : to allow (someone who is being held as a slave, prisoner, etc.) to be free They let the prisoner go. The people in custody were let go.
3 : to officially make (someone) leave a job The company let him go at the end of the month. She was let go as a result of the scandal.
Word by Word Definitions
: hinder, prevent
: something that impedes : obstruction
: a shot or point in racket games that does not count and must be replayed
: to cause to : make
: to offer or grant for rent or lease
: to assign especially after bids
: some indeterminate or unspecified thing
: a person or thing of consequence
: one having more or less the character, qualities, or nature of something different
: in some degree : somewhat
: used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective
: some person : somebody
: to move on a course : proceed — compare stop
: to move out of or away from a place expressed or implied : leave, depart
: to take a certain course or follow a certain procedure
: the act or manner of going
: the height of fashion : rage
: an often unexpected turn of affairs : occurrence
: functioning properly : being in good and ready condition
: a game played between two players who alternately place black and white stones on a board checkered by 19 vertical lines and 19 horizontal lines in an attempt to enclose the larger area on the board
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