verb (used with object), let, let·ting.
verb (used without object), let, let·ting.
- to admit.
- to involve (a person) in without his or her knowledge or permission: to let someone in for a loss.
- Also let into. to insert into the surface of (a wall or the like) as a permanent addition:to let a plaque into a wall.
- Also let in on. to share a secret with; permit to participate in.
- to release by exploding.
- to free from duty or responsibility; excuse.
- to allow to go with little or no punishment; pardon: The judge let off the youthful offender with a reprimand.
- to reveal one's true feelings: She was terrified at the prospect, but didn't let on.
- to pretend: They let on that they didn't care about not being invited, but I could tell that they were hurt.
- to divulge; make known.
- to release from confinement, restraint, etc.
- to enlarge (a garment).
- to terminate; be finished; end: When does the university let out for the summer?
- to make (a let-out fur or pelt).
SYNONYMS FOR let
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Idioms for let
- not to mention: He was too tired to walk, let alone run.
- Also leave alone . to refrain from annoying or interfering with.
- to refrain from interference.
- to refrain from interfering with.
Origin of let1
usage note for let
Words nearby let
Definition for let (2 of 3)
verb (used with object), let·ted or let, let·ting.
Origin of let2
Definition for let (3 of 3)
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What are other ways to say let?
To let someone do something or let something happen is to allow or permit it. How is let used differently from allow and permit? Learn more on Thesaurus.com.
Example sentences from the Web for let
So we have built an algorithm in our economy, which is clearly wrong, just like Facebook’s focus on let’s show people things that are more engaging, turned out to be wrong.
This entire ordeal reeks of bureaucratic overreach being bandied about in the name of “let-us-save-the-children” politics.The University Of New Orleans’ Cigarette Ban Is Total BS|Chloé Valdary|October 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Uh, what part of last-team-to-let-Tim-Tebow-go are you not understanding, non-believers?
The White House just had to scratch it out with a real strategy and a never-let-go attitude.Memo: The Aaron Sorkin Model of Political Discourse Doesn't Actually Work|Megan McArdle|April 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The jukebox blasts “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” by the 5th Dimension.
Beyond that, Wallace spoke openly about his struggles with depression well before we entered the let-it-all-hang-out culture.Howard Kurtz Remembers Mike Wallace, Legendary CBS Newsman, Dead at 93|Howard Kurtz|April 8, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Further, why not sub-let the flat to any of your own friends who can afford to give you a few guineas a week for it?
Mr. O'Connell was, in fact, "a middle man;" he rented extensive lands, and sub-let at a very large profit.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III.|E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
Burmans love it, and no feast is complete without it, indeed a packet of let-pet is an invitation to something festive.
At one place it is let-pet, or pickled tea, though the plant from which the stuff is made is not really a tea-plant.
All was serene and lovely on the surface, however, with many won't-you-let-me's and please-do-now's on both sides.The "Genius"|Theodore Dreiser
British Dictionary definitions for let (1 of 3)
verb lets, letting or let (tr; usually takes an infinitive without to or an implied infinitive)
- used as an auxiliary to express a request, proposal, or command, or to convey a warning or threatlet's get on; just let me catch you here again!
- (in mathematical or philosophical discourse) used as an auxiliary to express an assumption or hypothesislet "a" equal "b"
- used as an auxiliary to express resigned acceptance of the inevitablelet the worst happen
- to allow the occupation of (accommodation) in return for rent
- to assign (a contract for work)
- (conjunction) much less; not to mentionI can't afford wine, let alone champagne
- let be, leave alone or leave be to refrain from annoying or interfering withlet the poor cat alone
- to set free
- informal to make (a sound or remark) suddenlyhe let loose a hollow laugh
- informal to discharge (rounds) from a gun or gunsthey let loose a couple of rounds of ammunition
Word Origin for let
British Dictionary definitions for let (2 of 3)
- a minor infringement or obstruction of the ball, requiring a point to be replayed
- the point so replayed
verb lets, letting, letted or let
Word Origin for let
British Dictionary definitions for let (3 of 3)
suffix forming nouns
Word Origin for -let
Idioms and Phrases with let
In addition to the idioms beginning with let
- let alone
- let be
- let bygones be bygones
- let daylight through or into
- let down
- let down easy
- let down one's hair
- let drop
- let fly
- let go
- let grass grow
- let in on
- let it all hang out
- let it lay
- let it rip
- let me see
- let off
- let off steam
- let on
- let oneself go
- let one's hair down
- let out
- let ride
- let sleeping dogs lie
- let slide
- let slip
- let someone
- let someone down
- let someone have it
- let the cat out of the bag
- let the chips fall where they may
- let the grass grow under one's feet
- let the side down
- let up
- let well enough alone
- blow (let) off steam
- give (let) someone have his or her head
- (let someone) have it
- live and let live
Also see underleave.