- An example of let is someone permitting another to use their car.
- An example of let is to rent out a room in your home.
- to leave; forsake; abandon: now only in phrases let alone or let be, to refrain from bothering, disturbing, touching, etc.
- to give the use of (a house, room, etc.) to a tenant in return for rent; rent; hire out
- to give out (work), assign (a contract), etc.
- to allow or cause to escape; cause to flow or come out, as by shedding, emitting, etc.: to let blood
- to allow to pass, come, or go: let me in
- to allow; permit: followed by an infinitive, normally without to[let me help], or by an adverb, etc. with the verb itself unexpressed [let me up]
- to cause to; make: usually with know or hear: let me hear from you
Origin of letMiddle English leten ; from Old English lætan, to leave behind, akin to German lassen ; from Indo-European an unverified form l?d- ; from base an unverified form l?i-, to neglect, leave behind from source late, Classical Latin letum, death
- to lower
- to slow up; relax; slacken
- to disappoint or fail
- to give forth (steam, etc.)
- to excuse from work for a short time
- to deal leniently with; release with light punishment or none
- to indicate one's awareness of a fact
- to pretend
- to allow to flow, run, etc. away; release
- to give forth; emit
- to lease or rent out
- to reveal (a secret, etc.)
- to make a garment larger by reducing (the seams, hem, etc.)
- to cut (fur pelts) into strips that are then sewn together to achieve suppleness, attractive shading, etc.
- ⌂ to dismiss or release (attendees, detainees, etc.): school lets out at 3:00
let someone have it
- to slacken; relax
- to cease
let up on⌂
let well enough alone
Origin of letMiddle English letten ; from Old English lettan, to hinder, literally , to make late (akin to Gothic latjan, to delay) ; from base of læt, late
- an obstacle or impediment: used in the legal phrase without let or hindrance
- a serve which does not count, specif. one that lands in the correct segment of the opposing player's side of the court after hitting the net
- small: piglet, starlet
- a small object worn as a band on (a specified part of the body): armlet
Origin of -letMiddle English ; from Middle French -el (; from Classical Latin -ellus) + -et, both diminutive suffixes
verblet let, let·ting, lets
- To give permission or opportunity to; allow: I let them borrow the car. The inheritance let us finally buy a house. See Usage Note at leave1.
- To cause to; make: Let the news be known.
- a. Used as an auxiliary in the imperative to express a command, request, or proposal: Let's finish the job! Let x equal y.b. Used as an auxiliary in the imperative to express a warning or threat: Just let her try!
- To permit to enter, proceed, or depart: let the dog in.
- To release from or as if from confinement: let the air out of the balloon; let out a yelp.
- To rent or lease: let rooms.
- To award, especially after bids have been submitted: let the construction job to a new firm.
- To become rented or leased.
- To be or become assigned, as to a contractor.
Origin of letMiddle English leten, from Old English l&aemac;tan; see lē- in Indo-European roots.
- Something that hinders; an obstacle: free to investigate without let or hindrance.
- Sports An invalid stroke in tennis and other net games that requires a replay.
transitive verblet·ted or let, let·ting, lets Archaic
Origin of letMiddle English lette, from letten, to hinder, from Old English lettan; see lē- in Indo-European roots.
- Small one: craterlet.
- Something worn on: armlet.
Origin of -letMiddle English, from Old French -elet, diminutive suff. : -el (from Latin -ellus) + -et, -et.
(third-person singular simple present lets, present participle letting, simple past let or obsolete leet, past participle let or rarely letten)
- To allow to, not to prevent (+ infinitive, but usually without to).
- After he knocked for hours, I decided to let him come in.
- To leave.
- Let me alone!
- To allow the release of (a fluid).
- The physicians let about a pint of his blood, but to no avail.
- To allow possession of (a property etc.) in exchange for rent.
- I decided to let the farmhouse to a couple while I was working abroad.
- To give, grant, or assign, as a work, privilege, or contract; often with out.
- to let the building of a bridge
- to let out the lathing and the plastering
- Used to introduce an imperative in the first or third person.
- Let's put on a show!
- Let us have a moment of silence.
- Let me just give you the phone number.
- Let P be the point where AB and OX intersect.
- 1818, John Keats, "To"”":
- Time's sea hath been five years at its slow ebb, / Long hours have to and fro let creep the sand [...].
- Can you let me know what time you'll be arriving?
The use of "let" to introduce an imperative may sometimes be confused with its use, as its own imperative, in the sense of "to allow". For example, the sentence "Let me go to the store." could either be a second-person imperative of "let" (addressing someone who might prevent the speaker from going to the store) or a first-person singular imperative of "go" (not implying any such preventer).
From Middle English leten, lÃ¦ten, from Old English lÇ£tan (“to allow, let go, bequeath, leave, rent"), from Proto-Germanic *lÄ“tanÄ… (“to leave behind, allow"), from Proto-Indo-European *lÄ“d- (“to let, leave behind"). Cognate with Scots lat, lete (“to let, leave"), North Frisian lete (“to let"), West Frisian litte (“to let"), Dutch laten (“to let, leave"), German lassen (“to let, leave, allow"), Swedish lÃ¥ta (“to let, allow, leave"), Icelandic lÃ¡ta (“to let"), Albanian lÃ« (“to allow, let, leave").
(third-person singular simple present lets, present participle letting, simple past letted, past participle let)
let - Legal Definition
- To consent to or allow.
- To rent or lease (something).