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let

play
verb \ˈlet\

Definition of let

letted

;

letted

or

let

;

letting

archaic

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  hinder, prevent

Origin and Etymology of let

Middle English letten, from Old English lettan to delay, hinder; akin to Old High German lezzen to delay, hurt, Old English lǣt late


First Known Use: before 12th century


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let

noun

Definition of let

  1. 1 :  something that impedes :  obstruction ruled his little world without hindrance or let — B. F. Reilly

  2. 2 :  a shot or point in racket games that does not count and must be replayed

Examples of let in a sentence

  1. The first serve was a let.

  2. a private resort that allows vacationers to experience without let the joys of nudism

12th Century

First Known Use of let

12th century


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let

verb

Definition of let

let

;

letting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cause to :  make let me know

  3. 2a chiefly British :  to offer or grant for rent or lease let roomsb :  to assign especially after bids let a contract

  4. 3a :  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 slipb —used in the imperative to introduce a request or proposal let us prayc —used as an auxiliary to express a warning let him try

  5. 4 :  to free from or as if from confinement let out a scream let blood

  6. 5 :  to permit to enter, pass, or leave let them through let them off with a warning

  7. 6 :  to make an adjustment to let out the waist

  8. intransitive verb
  9. 1 chiefly British :  to become rented or leased

  10. 2 :  to become awarded to a contractor

let alone

  1. :  to leave undisturbed let the flowers alone; also :  to leave to oneself wanted to be let alone

let fly

  1. 1 :  to hurl an object

  2. 2 :  to give unrestrained expression to an emotion or utterance let fly with some sharp rebukes — Janice Castro

let go

  1. 1 :  to dismiss from employment the firm let him go at the end of the month

  2. 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. 3 :  to relax or release one's hold —used with of let go of stress — Kathy McCoy let go of my arm

  4. 4 :  to fail to take care of :  neglect let himself go and got real fat — Bill Parcells

let it all hang out

  1. :  to reveal one's true feelings :  act without dissimulation

let one have it

  1. :  to subject to vigorous assault

let one's hair down

  1. :  to act without pretense or self-restraint

let rip

  1. 1 :  to utter or release without restraint let 'er rip

  2. 2 :  to do or utter something without restraint let rip at the press

let the cat out of the bag

  1. :  to give away a secret

Origin and Etymology of let

Middle English leten, from Old English lǣtan; 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

noun suffix

Definition of -let

  1. 1 :  small one booklet

  2. 2 :  article worn on wristlet

Origin and Etymology of -let

Middle English, from Medieval French -elet, from -el, diminutive suffix (from Latin -ellus) + -et


LET Defined for English Language Learners


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let

noun

Definition of let for English Language Learners

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


-let

noun suffix

Definition of -let for English Language Learners

  • : small one


LET Defined for Kids

let

play
verb \ˈlet\

Definition of let for Students

let

;

letting

  1. 1 :  to allow or permit to Let them go.

  2. 2 :  to allow to go or pass Let me through.

  3. 3 :  to cause to :  make Let it be known that I'm not going to confess.

  4. 4 :  2rent 2 rooms to let

  5. 5 —used as a warning Just let him try to do it again!

let alone

  1. :  to leave undisturbed

let down

  1. :  disappoint Don't let me down.

let go

  1. 1 :  to relax or release a grip Please let go of my arm.

  2. 2 :  to dismiss from employment

  3. 3 :  to fail to take care of They let the garden go.

let on

  1. :  to admit or reveal … Sam Fraunces never let on that he knew any of them. — Judith Berry Griffin, Phoebe the Spy

let up

  1. 1 :  to slow down

  2. 2 :  1stop 4, cease The rain has finally let up.


-let

noun suffix \lət\

Definition of -let for Students

  1. 1 :  small one booklet

  2. 2 :  something worn on anklet


Law Dictionary

let

verb

Legal Definition of let

let

letting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to offer or grant for rent, lease, or hire :  lease may not be alienated, let, or encumbered corporeal things may be let out

  3. 2 :  to assign especially after bids were attempting to let a contract without going through the bidding process — Union Springs Tel. Co. v. Rowell, 623 So. 2d 732 (1993)

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to become rented, leased, or hired

  6. 2 :  to become awarded to a contractor



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