to allow or permit: If we let him escape, he'll lead us to the boss.
to allow to pass, go, or come: The gap is too narrow to let the car through.
to grant the occupancy or use of (land, buildings, rooms, space, etc., or movable property) for rent or hire (sometimes followed by out): The family lets out their spare room in the summer for extra money.
to contract or assign for performance, usually under a contract: They let work to a local carpenter for the repairs.
to cause to; make: You must let her know the truth of your circumstances if you want to marry her.
(used in the imperative as an auxiliary expressive of a request, command, warning, suggestion, etc.): Let me see. Let us go. Just let them try it!
to be rented or leased: The apartment lets for $250 per week.
British. a lease.
to involve (a person) in something without their 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).
to cease; stop: The rain let up for a few hours.
let up on, to treat less severely; be more lenient with: He refused to let up on the boy until his grades improved.
Idioms about 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.
Other definitions for let (2 of 3)
(in tennis, badminton, etc.) any play that is voided and must be replayed, especially a service that hits the net and drops into the proper part of the opponent's court.
Chiefly Law. an impediment or obstacle: to act without let or hindrance.
Archaic. to hinder, prevent, or obstruct.
Other definitions for -let (3 of 3)
a diminutive suffix attached to nouns (booklet; piglet; ringlet), and, by extraction from bracelet, a suffix denoting a band, piece of jewelry, or article of clothing worn on the part of the body specified by the noun (anklet; wristlet).
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How to use let in a sentence
Which is impossible unless people talk publicly rather than letting each crime be its own isolated incident.Cover-Ups and Concern Trolls: Actually, It's About Ethics in Suicide Journalism | Arthur Chu | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Letting humans use their common sense is not an invitation to anarchy.
“Driving on both sides, getting around cars, letting them know I was in a dire emergency,” Johnson says.'Please Don't Die!': The Frantic Battle to Save Murdered Cops | Michael Daly | December 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
As you put it, “letting some business owners exercise their conscience would cause no harm to gays.”Do LGBTs Owe Christians an Olive Branch? Try The Other Way Around | Jay Michaelson | December 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Rather, it was about exposing my shame, letting it dry out in the sun.
It was like his beautiful courtesy to call me in and introduce me to Blow instead of letting me go away.Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
The left heel followed like lightning, and the right paw also slipped, letting the bear again fall heavily on the ice below.The Giant of the North | R.M. Ballantyne
He looked up, half shutting his one funny eye, and cocking one ear up, and letting the other droop down.Squinty the Comical Pig | Richard Barnum
She had been walking alone with her arms hanging limp, letting her white skirts trail along the dewy path.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
Val was a fool for letting his town house in the spring but of course we know he is one and must put up with it.Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
British Dictionary definitions for let (1 of 3)
to permit; allow: she lets him roam around
(imperative or dependent imperative)
used as an auxiliary to express a request, proposal, or command, or to convey a warning or threat: let's get on; just let me catch you here again!
(in mathematical or philosophical discourse) used as an auxiliary to express an assumption or hypothesis: let "a" equal "b"
used as an auxiliary to express resigned acceptance of the inevitable: let the worst happen
to allow the occupation of (accommodation) in return for rent
to assign (a contract for work)
to allow or cause the movement of (something) in a specified direction: to let air out of a tyre
Irish informal to utter: to let a cry
(conjunction) much less; not to mention: I can't afford wine, let alone champagne
let be, leave alone or leave be to refrain from annoying or interfering with: let the poor cat alone
let go See go 1 (def. 59)
to set free
informal to make (a sound or remark) suddenly: he let loose a hollow laugh
informal to discharge (rounds) from a gun or guns: they let loose a couple of rounds of ammunition
British the act of letting property or accommodation: the majority of new lets are covered by the rent regulations
British Dictionary definitions for let (2 of 3)
an impediment or obstruction (esp in the phrase without let or hindrance)
a minor infringement or obstruction of the ball, requiring a point to be replayed
the point so replayed
(tr) archaic to hinder; impede
British Dictionary definitions for -let (3 of 3)
small or lesser: booklet; starlet
an article of attire or ornament worn on a specified part of the body: anklet
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Other 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.
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