let

verb (1)
\ ˈlet How to pronounce let (audio) \
let; letting

Definition of let

 (Entry 1 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to cause to : make let me know
2a : 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
3 : to free from or as if from confinement let out a scream let blood
4 : to permit to enter, pass, or leave let them through let them off with a warning
5a chiefly British : to offer or grant for rent or lease let rooms
b : to assign especially after bids let a contract
6 : to make an adjustment to let out the waist

intransitive verb

1 chiefly British : to become rented or leased
2 : 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
1 : to hurl an object
2 : to give unrestrained expression to an emotion or utterance let fly with some sharp rebukes— Janice Castro
let go
1 : to relax or release one's hold used with of let go of stress— Kathy McCoylet go of my arm
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 : to dismiss from employment the firm let him go at the end of the month
4 : 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
1 : to utter or release without restraint let 'er rip
2 : to do or utter something without restraint let rip at the press
let the cat out of the bag
: to give away a secret

let

noun

Definition of let (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : something that impedes : obstruction ruled his little world without hindrance or let— B. F. Reilly
2 : a shot or point in racket games that does not count and must be replayed

let

verb (2)
letted; letted or let; letting

Definition of let (Entry 3 of 4)

Definition of -let (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : small one booklet
2 : article worn on wristlet

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Verb (1)

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

Examples of let in a Sentence

Noun The first serve was a let. a private resort that allows vacationers to experience without let the joys of nudism
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Jake Alderden said at a news conference Tuesday that the road rage dispute began at about 11 a.m. Tuesday on Lake Shore Drive near Soldier Field when one car refused to let another into a lane of traffic. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "1-year-old boy shot in head in road rage incident in Chicago," 7 Apr. 2021 Having let Jack down has been something that has plagued Nicky since the '70s. Dan Snierson, EW.com, "This Is Us writers break down double best-man drama — and what that 'ex' ending means," 7 Apr. 2021 The tax on financial-statement income would also let companies claim foreign tax credits. Kate Davidson, WSJ, "Biden Softens Tax Proposal Aimed at Profitable Companies That Pay Little," 7 Apr. 2021 Cover and let marinate in your refrigerator overnight. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, "David Kinch Shows You a Foolproof Way to Cook Duck Breast at Home," 7 Apr. 2021 The idea is to let people know that their income isn’t invisible and give them a chance to report it before the auditor calls. Los Angeles Times, "Column: How to catch cheaters who don’t shoulder their share of the tax burden," 7 Apr. 2021 The state court's decision to let its own orders lapse has some prosecutors worried that Texas will see a dramatic uptick in evictions. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "Texas courts to allow pre-pandemic evictions to resume," 7 Apr. 2021 Uncover and lay a kitchen towel across the pan, then replace the lid and let stand for 10 minutes. BostonGlobe.com, "Recipes: A weeknight meal that makes the most of classic Middle Eastern ingredients," 7 Apr. 2021 Conditions are so bad in the prison, which is currently beset by a tuberculosis outbreak, that Putin can simply let the institution do his dirty work for him. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Bravest Man on Earth," 7 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of let

Verb (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for let

Verb (1)

Middle English leten, from Old English lǣtan; akin to Old High German lāzzan to permit, and perhaps to Lithuanian lėnas tranquil

Verb (2)

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

Noun suffix

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

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The first known use of let was before the 12th century

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10 Apr 2021

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“Let.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/let. Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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let

noun

English Language Learners Definition of let

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

English Language Learners Definition of -let (Entry 2 of 2)

: small one

let

verb
\ ˈlet How to pronounce let (audio) \
let; letting

Kids Definition of let

1 : to allow or permit to Let them go.
2 : to allow to go or pass Let me through.
3 : to cause to : make Let it be known that I'm not going to confess.
4 : rent entry 2 sense 2 rooms to let
5 used as a warning Just let him try to do it again!
let alone
: to leave undisturbed
let down
: disappoint Don't let me down.
let go
1 : to relax or release a grip Please let go of my arm.
2 : to dismiss from employment
3 : to fail to take care of They let the garden go.
let on
: to admit or reveal … Sam Fraunces never let on that he knew any of them.— Judith Berry Griffin, Phoebe the Spy
let up
1 : to slow down
2 : stop entry 1 sense 4, cease The rain has finally let up.
\ lət \

Kids Definition of -let

1 : small one booklet
2 : something worn on anklet

let

verb
let; letting

Legal Definition of let

transitive verb

1 : to offer or grant for rent, lease, or hire : lease may not be alienated, let, or encumbered corporeal things may be let out
2 : to assign especially after bids were attempting to let a contract without going through the bidding processUnion Springs Tel. Co. v. Rowell, 623 So. 2d 732 (1993)

intransitive verb

1 : to become rented, leased, or hired
2 : to become awarded to a contractor

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