Definitions for -let

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

let*lɛt(v.)let, let•ting.

  1. (v.t.)to allow or permit:

    to let one's hair grow.

  2. to allow to pass, go, or come:

    He let us into the house.

  3. to cause to; make:

    to let her know the truth.

  4. (used in the imperative as an auxiliary expressive of a request, command, warning, suggestion, etc.):

    Let me see. Let's go. Just let them try it!

  5. to grant the occupancy or use of for rent or hire:

    to let rooms.

  6. to contract or assign for performance:

    to let work to a carpenter.

  7. (v.i.)to admit of being leased:

    an apartment to let for $200 a week.

  8. let down, to disappoint or betray; fail. to lower. to make (a garment) longer. (of an airplane) to descend to a lower altitude for landing.

    Category: Aeronautics, Verb Phrase

  9. let in on,to allow to share in:

    I'll let you in on a secret.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  10. let off, to release explosively: to excuse from work or responsibility. to release with little or no punishment.

    to let off steam.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  11. let on, to reveal, as information or one's true feelings. to pretend.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  12. let out, to make known. to release from confinement, restraint, etc. to alter (a garment) so as to make larger or looser. to be finished or dismissed:

    School lets out in May.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  13. let up, to abate; diminish. to cease; stop.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  14. let up on, to become more lenient with.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  15. let someone have it,Informal. to attack or assault.

    Category: Idiom, Informal

Idioms for let:

  1. let be, to refrain from interfering with or bothering.

    Category: Idiom

* Syn: See allow.Usage: Perhaps because let's has come to be felt as a word in its own right rather than as the contraction of let us , it often occurs in informal speech and writing with redundant or appositional pronouns: Let's us plan a picnic. Let's you and I (or me) get together tomorrow. Usage guides suggest avoiding these constructions.

Origin of let:

bef. 900; ME; OE lǣtan, c. OS lātan, OHG lāzan, ON lāta, Go letan; akin to late


  1. (in tennis, badminton, etc.) any shot or action that must be replayed, esp. an otherwise valid serve that has hit the top of the net.

    Category: Sport

  2. Chiefly Law. an impediment or obstacle:

    to act without let or hindrance.

    Category: Law

Origin of let:

bef. 900; ME letten (v.), lette (n.; der. of the v.), OE lettan


  1. a diminutive suffix attached to nouns (booklet; piglet; ringlet), and, by extraction from bracelet, a suffix denoting a band, ornament, or article of clothing worn on the part of the body specified by the noun (anklet; wristlet).

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Affix

Origin of -let:

ME -let, -lette < MF -elet,=-el (< L -āle, neut. of -ālis -al1 (cf. bracelet ) or < L -ellus dim. suffix; cf. -elle , chaplet ) +-et -et


  1. -let(Suffix)

    a diminutive suffix; for example:

  2. Origin: from -el, from -ellus + -et, from -ittus, both diminutive suffixes. Replaced -el, from -el, -il.

Webster Dictionary

  1. -let

    a noun suffix having a diminutive force; as in streamlet, wavelet, armlet


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