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

letlɛt(n.)

  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

-let

  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

Wiktionary

  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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