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let·​up ˈlet-ˌəp How to pronounce letup (audio)
: a lessening of effort, activity, or intensity

let up

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let up; letting up; lets up

intransitive verb

: to diminish or slow down : slacken
: cease, stop
: to become less severe
used with on

Examples of letup in a Sentence

Noun the downpour continued for hours without letup Verb the rain let up just as we reached the house the windmill slowed down as the wind let up
Recent Examples on the Web
Dismayed at the plight of Palestinian civilians and with no letup in the Israeli campaign, the White House National Security Council asked the Pentagon in recent weeks for possible options to get more aid into Gaza by air, land and sea, two administration officials told NBC News. Elizabeth Robinson, NBC News, 6 Mar. 2024 The challenges for Netanyahu are abundant, forming a circle that is seemingly impossible to square: His ultranationalist, far-right coalition partners are threatening to bring down the government if there is any letup in the war. Shira Rubin, Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2024 Even though a civilian government took office in September after almost a decade of military rule, there has been no letup in the number of prosecutions against people who have criticized the monarchy. Sui-Lee Wee, New York Times, 19 Jan. 2024 End of carousel In the hours before the pause was to begin, there was no sign in Gaza of a letup in violence. Susannah George, Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2023 The trajectory of sales growth is slowing to be sure, yet the larger trend toward EV adoption shows no letup. Jon Markman, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 The secretary of state had come to the region trying to build support for a humanitarian pause in fighting, roundly rejected by Israel, with no letup in the fight raging inside Gaza. CBS News, 5 Nov. 2023 The federal government has declared the first-ever shortage of water on the Colorado River, triggering cutbacks in several states that will hit farmers particularly hard during a drought that has punished the Southwest with little letup since the turn of the century. Jim Carlton, WSJ, 16 Aug. 2021 Confidence: Medium-High Tomorrow night: Showers should become less frequent as the evening progresses, but a significant letup is not likely until dawn. David Streit, Washington Post, 27 Apr. 2023
South East 6, Palisades 2: South East scored three runs in the first inning and never let up in its opening playoff win. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2024 With catchy songs and manic energy (and a net worth of around $20 million), Blippi has invaded the brains of our children and shows no sign of letting up anytime soon. Kristi Pahr, Parents, 7 May 2024 Fresh off a smashing first season that set a new benchmark for comedy series wins with 10 trophies, FX’s awards-gobbling show shows no signs of letting up. Clayton Davis, Variety, 6 May 2024 Neither let up for most of the night, and the ominous weather that delayed first pitch by 70 minutes proved to have some prescient qualities to it. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 4 May 2024 Despite the arrests Thursday and requests from Shafik to disperse students, demonstrations continued Friday, with no signs of letting up. Sanya Mansoor, TIME, 19 Apr. 2024 And even though generative AI usage generally has cooled off among the general public, students aren’t showing signs of letting up. Mack Degeurin, Popular Science, 11 Apr. 2024 Zendaya’s ability to serve look after look shows no sign of letting up. Emily Chan, Vogue, 11 Apr. 2024 Lucas is called in to help and the action never lets up as Letty’s team is joined by state police, military police from local U.S. Army bases and local law enforcement. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, 7 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use


1836, in the meaning defined above


1787, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of letup was in 1787

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“Letup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/letup. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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1 of 2 noun
let·​up ˈlet-ˌəp How to pronounce letup (audio)
: a lessening of effort or force

let up

2 of 2 verb
: to slow down : slacken
: to come to a stop : cease
the rain let up
: to ease off : be less severe
used with on
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