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Definition of letup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a lessening of effort, activity, or intensity

let up

let up; letting up; lets up

Definition of let up (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to diminish or slow down : slacken
b : cease, stop
2 : to become less severe used with on

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But after two decades of having sand kicked in its face by the New England Patriots, there was no letup for Buffalo. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Bills assert new authority in AFC East by crushing Patriots," 29 Dec. 2020 There was no letup even as Carlisle emptied his bench in the second half. Dallas News, "With revenge on their minds, Mavericks get the season back on track in historic blowout win over Clippers," 28 Dec. 2020 Yet Biden’s team so far is signaling there won’t be much of a letup. Nick Wadhams, Bloomberg.com, "Treasury Sanctions Programs Face Broad Review From Biden Team," 9 Dec. 2020 And layoffs are showing little letup, with initial claims for unemployment benefits rising by 78,000 to a historically high 828,000 during the week ending Nov. 21. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "COVID-19 vaccine prospects may already be boosting consumer spending, economy," 30 Nov. 2020 But since there was no letup in retirements and resignations from police departments, Stewart and police commanders ultimately decided to push forward — even though the first five weeks in mid-spring had to be taught entirely online. Don Stacom, courant.com, "After training during a pandemic and ‘defund police’ protests, rookie Connecticut officers ready to hit the streets," 6 Nov. 2020 The Twins and Tigers were scheduled for a doubleheader Friday at Comerica Park, but a pouring rain that showed little signs of letup caused the games to be postponed. Phil Miller, Star Tribune, "Twins doubleheader rained out; they'll play 2 on Saturday in Detroit," 28 Aug. 2020 With weather forecasters predicting no immediate letup in high temperatures, SDG&E officials say there’s a decent chance the outages will return. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Power outages in San Diego expected to continue," 17 Aug. 2020 There appeared to be no letup in sight; the note to the staff warned that Monday would likely be worse. Charles Ornstein, Propublica, And Mike Hixenbaugh, ProPublica, "Internal Messages Reveal Crisis at Houston Hospitals as Coronavirus Cases Surge," 1 July 2012

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First Known Use of letup


1836, in the meaning defined above


1787, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of letup was in 1787

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6 Jan 2021

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“Letup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/letup. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of letup

: a time during which something stops or slows down

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