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
synonym study for let
usage note for 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)
Example sentences from the Web for let
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|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|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|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)
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.