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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

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: Noun Even as Russia stymies Ukrainian ports and seizes farmland, there has been no letup in vessels leaving Russia’s busiest Black Sea grain terminals. Yusuf Khan, WSJ, 30 June 2022 The Federal Reserve is rolling out the heavy artillery in its bid to fight historic inflation that has shown little letup. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 15 June 2022 While the letup in annual inflation may have given President Biden and the Fed a dose of comfort, the overall picture remains worrying. Jeanna Smialek, New York Times, 11 May 2022 Likewise, there was little sign of a letup on China’s economically important property sector, where many developers that aren’t state-backed are struggling with a slowdown in sales and a drying-up of funding markets. Rebecca Feng And Clarence Leong, WSJ, 7 Mar. 2022 With no letup in the war, the White House has asked Congress for $10 billion in emergency funding, with money going toward humanitarian aid and security needs. Mary Clare Jalonick, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Mar. 2022 Officials said a letup in demand for tests over the summer and fall, despite the rapid spread of the Delta variant, had caused some companies to pull back their manufacturing, which has compounded the current shortages. Kevin Liptak, Jeremy Diamond And Kaitlan Collins, CNN, 28 Dec. 2021 And, there has been no letup in mass shootings either. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 23 Nov. 2021 There is no letup in an NBA schedule, and no team will have sympathy for the Pacers (1-4). David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 29 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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5 Jul 2022

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“Letup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/letup. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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