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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 This shows that there has not been any letup or any softening of the policy of pursuing Uighurs who have any connection with the outside world. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "For China’s embattled Uighurs, a bank transfer abroad can become a ‘terrorism’ ordeal," 19 Sep. 2019 There would be no letup; the Warriors were 23-0 going into Boston, with the trip’s final game in Milwaukee the next night. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors’ nostalgia: When it seemed they would never lose," 6 Dec. 2019 One letup would result in the season coming to an abrupt end. Chase Michaelson, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football's defense was 'able to figure it out' and make the stop," 30 Nov. 2019 One, because Burns wants no lull or letup in the central drama. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "The Art of the Awkward Silence in “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”," 15 Nov. 2019 Other protests are scheduled in the coming days as separatists vow no letup in their secession drive. Time, "Police and Protesters Clash in Catalonia for a Third Consecutive Night," 17 Oct. 2019 Despite huge division lead, showed no letup down the stretch. ... San Diego Union-Tribune, "A capsule look at the Nationals-Dodgers playoff series," 2 Oct. 2019 There is no letup in sight, at least for the next seven to 10 days. courant.com, "Moderately humid by Wednesday," 9 July 2019 Almeyda would talk to the players for a long time without a letup, so the team’s full-time interpreter, a 22-year-old former player named Agustin Zalazar, would have to play catch-up. Tom Fitzgerald, SFChronicle.com, "Quakes’ coach doesn’t speak much English, but his team is the talk of MLS," 26 July 2019

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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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15 Feb 2020

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“Letup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/let%20up?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=l&file=letup001. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of letup

: a time during which something stops or slows down

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