let

verb (1)
\ ˈlet How to pronounce let (audio) \
let; letting

Definition of let

 (Entry 1 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to cause to : make let me know
2a : to give opportunity to or fail to prevent live and let live a break in the clouds let us see the summit let the opportunity slip
b used in the imperative to introduce a request or proposal let us pray
c used as an auxiliary to express a warning let him try
3 : to free from or as if from confinement let out a scream let blood
4 : to permit to enter, pass, or leave let them through let them off with a warning
5a chiefly British : to offer or grant for rent or lease let rooms
b : to assign especially after bids let a contract
6 : to make an adjustment to let out the waist

intransitive verb

1 chiefly British : to become rented or leased
2 : to become awarded to a contractor
let alone
: to leave undisturbed let the flowers alone also : to leave to oneself wanted to be let alone
let fly
1 : to hurl an object
2 : to give unrestrained expression to an emotion or utterance let fly with some sharp rebukes— Janice Castro
let go
1 : to relax or release one's hold used with of let go of stress— Kathy McCoylet go of my arm
2 : to abandon self-restraint : let fly spoke in clipped sentences, as if fearful of letting go— David Kline there just to party, just to let go— Philippe Vergne
3 : to dismiss from employment the firm let him go at the end of the month
4 : to fail to take care of : neglect let himself go and got real fat— Bill Parcells
let it all hang out
: to reveal one's true feelings : act without dissimulation
let one have it
: to subject to vigorous assault
let one's hair down
: to act without pretense or self-restraint
let rip
1 : to utter or release without restraint let 'er rip
2 : to do or utter something without restraint let rip at the press
let the cat out of the bag
: to give away a secret

let

noun

Definition of let (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : something that impedes : obstruction ruled his little world without hindrance or let— B. F. Reilly
2 : a shot or point in racket games that does not count and must be replayed

let

verb (2)
letted; letted or let; letting

Definition of let (Entry 3 of 4)

Definition of -let (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : small one booklet
2 : article worn on wristlet

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Verb (1)

hire, let, lease, rent, charter 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 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 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 charter applies to the hiring or letting of a vehicle usually for exclusive use. charter a bus to go to the game

Examples of let in a Sentence

Noun The first serve was a let. a private resort that allows vacationers to experience without let the joys of nudism
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb While some have been rehired, about 70,000 people who worked at new-car dealerships have been permanently let go. Patrick Thomas, WSJ, 17 Oct. 2021 Orgeron becomes the second SEC coach to be let go two years removed from a national title, joining Auburn’s Gene Chizik. Ralph D. Russo, chicagotribune.com, 17 Oct. 2021 The game went to overtime when San Jose State let the clock run down and spiked the ball on third down to set up a 52-yard field goal try for Matt Mecurio with 20 seconds left. Josh Dubow, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Oct. 2021 Mikal Bridges is as well and let it be known that's definitely on his mind with the Monday deadline looming to get a deal done for first rounders in the 2018 draft. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 16 Oct. 2021 For all of the momentum the passing game seems to have had over the past couple of weeks, the right move on Sunday is probably to let Taylor, Hines and Marlon Mack pound the Texans into the ground. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, 16 Oct. 2021 By Friday, 90 workers remained unvaccinated, including 52 per diem employees, and they were let go, Baystate said. BostonGlobe.com, 16 Oct. 2021 The taxi let the family off near the Abbey Gate, where thousands of people had massed. New York Times, 16 Oct. 2021 Iselin works in a convenience store and has an awkward reunion with a teacher from high school, then is terrified when a screaming man appears at her door, demanding to be let in. Brandon Taylor, The New Yorker, 16 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of let

Verb (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for let

Verb (1)

Middle English leten, from Old English lǣtan; akin to Old High German lāzzan to permit, and perhaps to Lithuanian lėnas tranquil

Verb (2)

Middle English letten, from Old English lettan to delay, hinder; akin to Old High German lezzen to delay, hurt, Old English lǣt late

Noun suffix

Middle English, from Middle French -elet, from -el, diminutive suffix (from Latin -ellus) + -et

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

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“Let.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/let. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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let

noun

English Language Learners Definition of let (Entry 2 of 2)

: a serve that is not accepted or allowed officially and must be done again

-let

noun suffix

English Language Learners Definition of -let (Entry 4 of 2)

: small one

let

verb
\ ˈlet How to pronounce let (audio) \
let; letting

Kids Definition of let

1 : to allow or permit to Let them go.
2 : to allow to go or pass Let me through.
3 : to cause to : make Let it be known that I'm not going to confess.
4 : rent entry 2 sense 2 rooms to let
5 used as a warning Just let him try to do it again!
let alone
: to leave undisturbed
let down
: disappoint Don't let me down.
let go
1 : to relax or release a grip Please let go of my arm.
2 : to dismiss from employment
3 : to fail to take care of They let the garden go.
let on
: to admit or reveal … Sam Fraunces never let on that he knew any of them.— Judith Berry Griffin, Phoebe the Spy
let up
1 : to slow down
2 : stop entry 1 sense 4, cease The rain has finally let up.

-let

noun suffix
\ lət \

Kids Definition of -let

1 : small one booklet
2 : something worn on anklet

let

verb
let; letting

Legal Definition of let

transitive verb

1 : to offer or grant for rent, lease, or hire : lease may not be alienated, let, or encumbered corporeal things may be let out
2 : to assign especially after bids were attempting to let a contract without going through the bidding processUnion Springs Tel. Co. v. Rowell, 623 So. 2d 732 (1993)

intransitive verb

1 : to become rented, leased, or hired
2 : to become awarded to a contractor

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