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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


the downpour continued for hours without letup


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

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 And there’s no letup in sight: Tensions between the world’s two biggest economies continue to simmer even though President Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, called a ceasefire two weeks ago. Joe Mcdonald, BostonGlobe.com, "China imports from US plunge 31 percent in June amid tariff war," 12 July 2019 The deals show there’s no letup in interest in the area west of the Kennedy Expressway, where companies such as McDonald’s and Google have established huge offices. Ryan Ori, chicagotribune.com, "North Carolina firm invests $100 million in Fulton Market," 9 July 2019 Only since the first week of June has there been any letup. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan's climate: Models project 30% increase in rain and snow, plus rising temps," 13 June 2019 The latest document suggests there has been little letup in the Russian interference efforts, despite enormous attention on the issue. Byron Tau, WSJ, "U.S. Charges Russian With Trying to Influence 2018 Midterms," 19 Oct. 2018 Still, analysts see little sign of a letup in earnings momentum this year, though Wall Street projections for 2019 point toward a modest slowdown. Theo Francis, WSJ, "U.S. Corporate Profits Soared in Second Quarter, Boosted by Tax Cuts and Economic Growth," 29 Aug. 2018 The administration has said there would be no letup in the sanctions while the nuclear issue remains unresolved. New York Times, "Trump Cites ‘Great Progress’ in North Korea Nuclear Talks," 12 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of letup

: a time during which something stops or slows down

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