verb (used with object), let, let·ting.
verb (used without object), let, let·ting.
- to disappoint; fail.
- to betray; desert.
- to slacken; abate: We were too near success to let down in our efforts.
- to allow to descend slowly; lower.
- Aeronautics. (of an airplane) to descend from a higher to a lower altitude preparatory to making an approach and landing or a similar maneuver.
- 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).
- to slacken; diminish; abate: This heat wave should let up by the end of the week.
- to cease; stop: The rain let up for a few hours.
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Idioms for let
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
Rather, it was about exposing my shame, letting it dry out in the sun.
He opens up about overcoming tragedy, letting go of the Showtime drama, and a possible spin-off.Michael C. Hall on Going Drag for ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ and Exorcising ‘Dexter’|Marlow Stern|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There is a chasm between the consideration of letting Australia or letting India go, which is too wide to be bridged.Practical Politics; or, the Liberalism of To-day|Alfred Farthing Robbins
Justine hesitated, letting her glance drift to the distant group still anchored about the tennis-nets.The Fruit of the Tree|Edith Wharton
I was scared at letting go of my professional easy-going life.Aliens|William McFee
Gilbert ripped open the envelope, letting it fall to the floor as he unfolded the letter.The Cruise of the Make-Believes|Tom Gallon
I enclose a note for publication—oblige me by letting it appear to-morrow.
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.