let - definition

Create account
Where to search:
Thesaurus


Dictionaries » Concise Oxford English Dictionary, 11th edition » L »

let - definition



A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
(Non-alphabetical character)

let Search for pronunciation examples


let1
¦ 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.
Phrases
let alone not to mention.
let someone/thing be stop interfering with someone or something.
let something fall Geometry draw a perpendicular from an outside point to a line.
let fly attack.
let oneself go
1. act in an uninhibited way.
2. become careless or untidy in one's habits or appearance.
let someone/thing go
1. allow someone or something to go free.
2. euphemistic dismiss an employee.
3. (also let go or let go of) relinquish one's grip on someone or something.
let someone have it informal attack someone.
to let available for rent.
Phrasal verbs
let down (of an aircraft) descend prior to making a landing.
let someone down fail to support or help someone.
?(let someone/thing down) have a detrimental effect on someone or something.
let oneself in for informal involve oneself in (something difficult or unpleasant).
let someone in on/into allow someone to know (something secret).
let something into set something back into (a surface).
let someone off
1. refrain from punishing someone.
2. excuse someone from a task or obligation.
let something off cause a gun, firework, or bomb to fire or explode.
let on informal
1. divulge information.
2. pretend.
let someone out release someone from obligation or suspicion.
let something out
1. utter a sound or cry.
2. make a garment looser or larger.
3. reveal information.
let up informal become less intense.
?relax one's efforts.
Derivatives
letting noun
Origin
OE ltan 'leave behind, leave out', of Gmc origin; related to late.
--------
let2
¦ 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 letted or let) archaic hinder.
Phrases
play a let (in racket sports) play a point again because the ball or one of the players has been obstructed.
without let or hindrance formal without obstruction; freely.
Origin
OE lettan 'hinder', of Gmc origin; related to late.



Permanent link to this page: http://www.diclib.com/cgi-bin/d1.cgi?l=en&base=coed&page=showid&id=39293


Learn foreign languages chatting with us!

  • francia, 22
    Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo
    Native language: Spanish
    Foreign language: Spanish
    francia
  • jean carlos brea romano, 22
    Venezuela, Guacara
    Native language: Spanish
    Foreign language: English
    jean carlo...
  • alex, 25
    Guatemala, Guatemala City
    Native language: Spanish
    Foreign language: English, German
    Hola, estoy interesado en aprender idiomas y como tambien enseñar el español a otras personas q lo deseen, mis hobbies son las peliculas, musica, videos, etc...... M interesan personas cariñosas, amables y q confien en mi........
    alex
  • Irenelove, 27
    American Samoa, New York
    Native language: English
    Foreign language: Dutch
    Irenelove
  • vicente andrs nolasco sotelo, 51
    Peru, Arequipa
    Native language: Spanish
    Foreign language: Spanish
    vicente  a...
  • max, 31
    Russian Federation, Moscow
    Native language: Russian
    Foreign language: English, Japanese, French
    max
  • alexander, 24
    Guatemala, San Pedro Carcha
    Native language: Spanish
    Foreign language: Portuguese
    alexander
  • esperanza dougan tomos, 35
    Equatorial Guinea, Malabo
    Native language: Spanish
    Foreign language: English
    i m from Ecuatirial- Guinean, 32 years old, working in a construction company and i wish to learn mor inglis for a good perfection.
    esperanza ...
  • Paul Smith, 36
    Dominican Republic, Higuey
    Native language: French
    Foreign language: Spanish
    Paul Smith
  • Raquel, 22
    Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo
    Native language: Spanish
    Foreign language: English
    Soy una chica muy divertida,, me entereza mucho aprender mas del idioma ingles, amo los estudios, me encanta descubrir cosas nuevas y poner en practica lo que aprendo..
    Raquel
  • Claudiu, 45
    Spain, Alicante
    Native language: Romanian, German
    Foreign language: Spanish, French, Italian
    Claudiu
  • Tamaity, 37
    Colombia, Girardot
    Native language: Spanish
    Foreign language: English
    Tamaity
  • yajaira calda, 57
    Venezuela, Caracas
    Native language: Spanish
    Foreign language: Italian
    yajaira ca...
  • Svetlana, 38
    Ukraine, Харьков
    Native language: Russian
    Foreign language: English
    Svetlana
  • angel gonzalez castillo, 27
    Mexico, Coahuila
    Native language: Spanish
    Foreign language: English
    i&# 39; m Michael from mexico city... i&# 39; m 23 years old , quisiera conocer gente de otros países, america del sur... espero platicar con ustedes... :) Dios los Bendiga
    angel gonz...
  • Olga, 44
    Russian Federation, Moscow
    Native language: Russian
    Foreign language: English
    Olga
  • jesus medina, 24
    Honduras, Yoro Yoro
    Native language: Spanish
    Foreign language: English
    jesus medi...
  • Fernando, 21
    Ecuador, Quito
    Native language: Spanish
    Foreign language: English
    Fernando
  • Erick Aguilar
    United States, New Orleans
    Native language: Spanish
    Foreign language: English
    Erick Agui...
  • marlon, 25
    Venezuela, Puerto La Cruz
    Native language: Spanish
    Foreign language: Turkish
    marlon