transitive verb let, letting
- to leave; forsake; abandon: now only in phrases or , 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
ME leten < OE lætan, to leave behind, akin to Ger lassen < IE *lēd- < base *lēi-, to neglect, leave behind > late, L letum, death
to be rented or leased: house to let