Definitions for LETlɛt

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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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Lashkar-e-Taiba, Lashkar-e-Toiba, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, LET, Army of the Pure, Army of the Righteous(noun)

    a brutal terrorist group active in Kashmir; fights against India with the goal of restoring Islamic rule of India

    "Lashkar-e-Toiba has committed mass murders of civilian Hindus"

  2. let, net ball(verb)

    a serve that strikes the net before falling into the receiver's court; the ball must be served again

  3. let, allow, permit(verb)

    make it possible through a specific action or lack of action for something to happen

    "This permits the water to rush in"; "This sealed door won't allow the water come into the basement"; "This will permit the rain to run off"

  4. let(verb)

    actively cause something to happen

    "I let it be known that I was not interested"

  5. permit, allow, let, countenance(verb)

    consent to, give permission

    "She permitted her son to visit her estranged husband"; "I won't let the police search her basement"; "I cannot allow you to see your exam"

  6. get, let, have(verb)

    cause to move; cause to be in a certain position or condition

    "He got his squad on the ball"; "This let me in for a big surprise"; "He got a girl into trouble"

  7. let(verb)

    leave unchanged

    "let it be"

  8. lease, let, rent(verb)

    grant use or occupation of under a term of contract

    "I am leasing my country estate to some foreigners"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. let(verb)ɛt

    to allow to happen or be done

    My parents won't let me go.; She let them convince her to try it.; Close the door, you're letting the cold air in.

  2. letɛt

    to rent a room, house, etc. to sb

    We're letting the flat.

  3. letɛt

    indicates sth that is even more unlikely than what you have just mentioned

    I don't have enough money to pay rent, let alone buy a car.

  4. letɛt

    to allow to be free

    We caught a frog and then let it go.

  5. letɛt

    to end sb's employment

    I'm afraid we're going to have to let you go.

  6. letɛt

    to stop holding

    She let go of my hand.; Let go! Let the rope go!

  7. letɛt

    to decide not to consider sth as important

    She made a nasty face at me, but I let it go.

  8. letɛt

    to tell sb sth

    Let me know when you're done.

  9. letɛt

    used to make an offer or state what you will do

    Let us carry those for you.; Let me try to explain.

  10. letɛt

    used to make a suggestion

    Let's try something different

  11. letɛt

    indicates you hope sth will happen

    Let's hope your brother never hears about this.

  12. letɛt

    used to suggest sb should think about a possibility or an example

    Let's say you have two DVDs worth $20 each ...

  13. letɛt

    indicates you are thinking before speaking

    Let's see....what did I do with it?

  14. letɛt

    to stop taking care of yourself

    He's let himself go over the past year.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Let(verb)

    to retard; to hinder; to impede; to oppose

  2. Let(noun)

    a retarding; hindrance; obstacle; impediment; delay; -- common in the phrase without let or hindrance, but elsewhere archaic

  3. Let(noun)

    a stroke in which a ball touches the top of the net in passing over

  4. Let

    of Let

  5. Let(verb)

    to leave; to relinquish; to abandon

  6. Let(verb)

    to consider; to think; to esteem

  7. Let(verb)

    to cause; to make; -- used with the infinitive in the active form but in the passive sense; as, let make, i. e., cause to be made; let bring, i. e., cause to be brought

  8. Let(verb)

    to permit; to allow; to suffer; -- either affirmatively, by positive act, or negatively, by neglecting to restrain or prevent

  9. Let(verb)

    to allow to be used or occupied for a compensation; to lease; to rent; to hire out; -- often with out; as, to let a farm; to let a house; to let out horses

  10. Let(verb)

    to give, grant, or assign, as a work, privilege, or contract; -- often with out; as, to let the building of a bridge; to let out the lathing and the plastering

  11. Let(verb)

    to forbear

  12. Let(verb)

    to be let or leased; as, the farm lets for $500 a year. See note under Let, v. t

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'LET' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #400

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'LET' in Written Corpus Frequency: #277

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'LET' in Verbs Frequency: #75

Anagrams of LET

  1. ELT

  2. ETL

Translations for LET

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to allow or permit

She refused to let her children go out in the rain; Let me see your drawing.

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