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let - definition
¦ verb ( , lets ; letting past and past participle ) let
1. not prevent or forbid; allow.
2. used in the imperative to express an intention, proposal, or instruction: let's have a drink.
3. used to express an assumption upon which a theory or calculation is to be based: let A and B stand for X and Y.
4. chiefly Brit. allow someone to use (a room or property) in return for payment.
5. award (a contract) to an applicant.
¦ noun Brit. a period during which a room or property is rented: a short let.
not to mention. let alone
stop interfering with someone or something. let someone/thing be
let something fall Geometry draw a perpendicular from an outside point to a line.
1. act in an uninhibited way.
2. become careless or untidy in one's habits or appearance.
1. allow someone or something to go free.
2. euphemistic dismiss an employee.
3. (also or let go ) relinquish one's grip on someone or something. let go of
let someone have it informal attack someone.
available for rent. to let
(of an aircraft) descend prior to making a landing. let down
fail to support or help someone. let someone down
?( ) have a detrimental effect on someone or something. let someone/thing down
let oneself in for informal involve oneself in (something difficult or unpleasant).
allow someone to know (something secret). let someone in on/into
set something back into (a surface). let something into
1. refrain from punishing someone.
2. excuse someone from a task or obligation.
cause a gun, firework, or bomb to fire or explode. let something off
release someone from obligation or suspicion. let someone out
2. make a garment looser or larger.
let up informal become less intense.
OE ltan 'leave behind, leave out', of Gmc origin; related to late.
¦ noun (in racket sports) a circumstance under which a service is nullified and has to be retaken, especially (in tennis) when the ball clips the top of the net and falls within bounds.
¦ verb ( , lets ; letting past and past participle or letted ) let archaic hinder.
(in racket sports) play a point again because the ball or one of the players has been obstructed. play a let
without let or hindrance formal without obstruction; freely.
OE lettan 'hinder', of Gmc origin; related to late.
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