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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 My pizza-making will likely continue long after the pandemic ends, and there’s little chance for any letup in my wife’s routine since the shoe parade has been a continuing exercise since Al Gore invented the Internet. Irv Erdos Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Pandemic poses problems, promise," 21 Feb. 2021 With no letup in the virus’ spread, USAA moved the date again to Feb. 1. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, "Some USAA employees will return to the office starting in May," 22 Mar. 2021 Weather forecasts showed 40-60 mph winds with no letup in sight, Underwood said. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, "Last year, an Iditarod rookie made it about 96% of the way to Nome. It has haunted him ever since.," 5 Mar. 2021 Mike Pearo, an owner with his three brothers of Hilltop Camper and RV, with locations in the Twin Cities, Rochester, Brainerd and Alexandria, sees no letup in demand in 2021. Dennis Anderson, Star Tribune, "Future times in Minnesota's outdoors: Taking stock and looking ahead," 26 Feb. 2021 There has been no letup regardless of what has happened with sports schedules during this pandemic. Derek Draplin, Washington Examiner, "Colorado sees another month of record growth in sports betting with $326.9 million wagered in January," 26 Feb. 2021 That’s a rugged stretch, which shows no letup on Thursday afternoon with another March Madness probable, Stanford, visiting the Huntsman Center. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Red All Over: Devin Lloyd’s return finishes Utah football’s major offseason business. Can the Utes contend in 2021?," 14 Jan. 2021 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

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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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24 Apr 2021

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“Letup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/letup. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of letup

: a time during which something stops or slows down

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