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1 to give permission to
  • my parents would not let me drive until I had a job and could pay for my own gas

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2 chiefly British to give the possession and use of (something) in return for periodic payment
  • the pensioner has begun letting rooms in her home to earn some extra money

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3 to make able or possible
  • the low gravity on the moon lets you make enormous leaps and jumps

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4 to fail to prevent (some behavior on someone's part) especially from neglect or indifference
  • they let their kids get away with murder

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Synonyms & Antonyms of let (Entry 2 of 2)

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How is the word let different from other verbs like it?

Some common synonyms of let are charter, hire, lease, and rent. While all these words mean "to engage or grant for use at a price," hire and let, strictly speaking, are complementary terms, hire implying the act of engaging or taking for use and let the granting of use.

we hired a car for the summer

decided to let the cottage to a young couple

When is it sensible to use charter instead of let?

While the synonyms charter and let are close in meaning, charter applies to the hiring or letting of a vehicle usually for exclusive use.

charter a bus to go to the game

When could lease be used to replace let?

The words lease and let can be used in similar contexts, but lease strictly implies a letting under the terms of a contract but is often applied to hiring on a lease.

the diplomat leased an apartment for a year

When might rent be a better fit than let?

Although the words rent and let have much in common, rent stresses the payment of money for the full use of property and may imply either hiring or letting.

instead of buying a house, they decided to rent

will not rent to families with children

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The first known use of let was before the 12th century

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“Let.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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