verb (used with object), let, letting.
to allow or permit:
to let him escape.
to allow to pass, go, or come:
to let us through.
to grant the occupancy or use of (land, buildings, rooms, space, etc., or movable property) for rent or hire (sometimes followed by out).
to contract or assign for performance, usually under a contract:
to let work to a carpenter.
to cause to; make:
to let one know the truth.
(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!
verb (used without object), let, letting.
to admit of being rented or leased:
The apartment lets for $100 per week.
British. a lease.
let up on, to treat less severely; be more lenient with:
He refused to let up on the boy until his grades improved.
let alone. (def 8).
let go. 1 (def 93).
let someone have it, Informal. to attack or assault, as by striking, shooting, or rebuking:
The gunman threatened to let the teller have it if he didn’t move fast.
(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.
verb (used with object), letted or let, letting.
Archaic. to hinder, prevent, or obstruct.
contraction of let us.
Local Exchange and Trading System: an economic system in which members of a community exchange goods and services using a cashless local currency
verb (transitive; usually takes an infinitive without to or an implied infinitive) lets, letting, let
to permit; allow: she lets him roam around
(imperative or dependent imperative)
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
let go, See go1 (sense 59)
(Brit) the act of letting property or accommodation: the majority of new lets are covered by the rent regulations
an impediment or obstruction (esp in the phrase without let or hindrance)
verb lets, letting, letted, let
(transitive) (archaic) to hinder; impede
let us: used to express a suggestion, command, etc, by the speaker to himself and his hearers
Old English lætan “to allow to remain; let go, leave, depart from; leave undone; to allow; bequeath,” also “to rent” (class VII strong verb; past tense let, past participle læten), from Proto-Germanic *letan (cf. Old Saxon latan, Old Frisian leta, Dutch laten, German lassen, Gothic letan “to leave, let”), from PIE *le- “to let go, slacken” (cf. Latin lassus “faint, weary,” Lithuanian leisti “to let, to let loose;” see lenient). If that derivation is correct, the primary sense would be “let go through weariness, neglect.”
Of blood, from late Old English. To let (something) slip originally (1520s) was a reference to hounds on a leash; figurative use from 1540s. To let (someone) off “allow to go unpunished” is from 1814. To let on “reveal, divulge” is from 1725; to let up “cease, stop” is from 1787. Let alone “not to mention” is from 1812.
“stoppage, obstruction” (obsolete unless in legal contracts), late 12c., from archaic verb letten “to hinder,” from Old English lettan “hinder, delay,” from Proto-Germanic *latjanan (cf. Old Saxon lettian “to hinder,” Old Norse letja “to hold back,” Old High German lezzen “to stop, check,” Gothic latjan “to hinder, make late,” Old English læt “sluggish, slow, late”); see late.
linear energy transfer
- Let someone
, also see under let one .
- Let someone down
1. Fail to support someone; also, disappoint someone. For example, I was counting on John to come, but he let me down, or The team didn’t want to let down the coach. [ Late 1400s ] A British phrase with the same meaning is let the side down, alluding to some kind of competition (sports, […]
- Let someone off
verb phrase To decline to pursue or prosecute someone: The prosecutor let him off because he was a pal of the mayor (1828+)
- Let something ride
verb phrase To let something go on as it is; decline to change or intervene: Let the same order ride for now (1921+)