Dictionary > English Dictionary > Definition, synonym and antonym of let
Meaning of let by Wiktionary Dictionary

let


    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /lɛt/, X-SAMPA: /lEt/
    • Rhymes: -ɛt

    Etymology 1

    Middle English leten, from Old English lǣtan ( “to allow, let go, bequeath, leave, rent” ), from Proto-Germanic *lētanan, from Proto-Indo-European *lēd-. Cognate with Dutch laten, German lassen, Swedish låta, Albanian lë ( “to allow, let, leave” ) .

    Verb

    let ( third-person singular simple present lets present participle letting, simple past let or obsolete leet, past participle let or rare letten )

    1. ( transitive ) To allow to, not to prevent ( + infinitive, but usually without to ) .
      After he knocked for hours, I decided to let him come in. [= allow him to come in]
    2. ( transitive ) To allow the release of ( a fluid ) .
      The physicians let about a pint of his blood, but to no avail .
    3. ( transitive ) 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 .
    4. ( transitive ) 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 .
    5. ( obsolete except with know ) To cause ( + bare infinitive ).
      Can you let me know what time you'll be arriving?
    Synonyms
    Usage notes

    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 ) .

    Etymology 2

    Middle English letten ( “to hinder, delay” ), from Old English lettan ( “to hinder, delay"; literally, "to make late” ), from Proto-Germanic *latjanan. Akin to Old English latian ( “to delay” ), Dutch letten, Old English læt ( “late” ). More at late, delay .

    Verb

    let ( third-person singular simple present lets present participle letting, simple past letted, past participle let )

    1. ( archaic ) To hinder, prevent; to obstruct ( someone or something ) .
    2. ( obsolete ) To prevent or obstruct to do something, or that something happen.

    Noun

    let ( plural: lets )

    1. An obstacle or hindrance.
    2. ( tennis ) The hindrance caused by the net during serve, only if the ball falls legally .

    Statistics

    Anagrams

    • ELT
    • ETL
    • tel

    -let

    By Wiktionary ( 2012/05/09 19:56 UTC Version )

    Etymology

    Middle English, from Middle French -el, from Latin -ellus + Middle French -et, from Latin -ittus, both diminutive suffixes. Replaced Middle English -el, from Old English -el, -il .

    Suffix

    -let

    1. a diminutive suffix; for example:
    • booklet, a small book
    • applet, a small computer app( lication )
    • owlet, a small ( young ) owl


Explanation of let by Wordnet Dictionary

let


    Verb
    1. cause to move

    2. This let me in for a big surprise
    3. leave unchanged

    4. let it be
    5. actively cause something to happen

    6. I let it be known that I was not interested
    7. consent to, give permission

    8. I won't let the police search her basement
    9. grant use or occupation of under a term of contract

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

    Noun
    1. a serve that strikes the net before falling into the receiver's court

    2. a brutal terrorist group active in Kashmir



    Definition of let by GCIDE Dictionary

    let


    1. Let ( lĕt ), v. t. [OE. letten, AS. lettan to delay, to hinder, fr. læt slow; akin to D. letten to hinder, G. verletzen to hurt, Icel. letja to hold back, Goth. latjan. See Late.] To retard; to hinder; to impede; to oppose. [Archaic]

      He was so strong that no man might him let. Chaucer.

      He who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 2. Thess. ii. 7.

      Mine ancient wound is hardly whole,

      And lets me from the saddle. Tennyson.

    2. Let, n.
      1. A retarding; hindrance; obstacle; impediment; delay; -- common in the phrase without let or hindrance, but elsewhere archaic. Keats.

      Consider whether your doings be to the let of your salvation or not. Latimer.

      2. ( Lawn Tennis ) A stroke in which a ball touches the top of the net in passing over.

    3. Let, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Let ( Letted ( lĕttĕd ), [Obs]. ); p. pr. & vb. n. Letting.] [OE. leten, læten ( past tense lat, let, p. p. laten, leten, lete ), AS. lǣtan ( past tense lēt, p. p. lǣten ); akin to OFries. lēta, OS. lātan, D. laten, G. lassen, OHG. lāzzan, Icel. lāta, Sw. låta, Dan. lade, Goth. lētan, and L. lassus weary. The original meaning seems to have been, to let loose, let go, let drop. Cf. Alas, Late, Lassitude, Let to hinder.]
      1. To leave; to relinquish; to abandon. [Obs. or Archaic, except when followed by alone or be.]

      He . . . prayed him his voyage for to let. Chaucer.

      Yet neither spins nor cards, ne cares nor frets,

      But to her mother Nature all her care she lets. Spenser.

      Let me alone in choosing of my wife. Chaucer.

      2. To consider; to think; to esteem. [Obs.] Chaucer.

      3. 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”. [Obs.]

      This irous, cursed wretch

      Let this knight's son anon before him fetch. Chaucer.

      He . . . thus let do slay hem all three. Chaucer.

      Anon he let two coffers make. Gower.

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

      ☞ In this sense, when followed by an infinitive, the latter is commonly without the sign to; “let us walk, i. e., to permit or suffer us to walk”. Sometimes there is entire omission of the verb; as, “to let [to be or to go] loose”.

      Pharaoh said, I will let you go. Ex. viii. 28.

      If your name be Horatio, as I am let to know it is. Shak.

      5. 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.”

      6. 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.”

      ☞ The active form of the infinitive of let, as of many other English verbs, is often used in a passive sense; as, a house to let ( i. e., for letting, or to be let ). This form of expression conforms to the use of the Anglo-Saxon gerund with to ( dative infinitive ) which was commonly so employed. See Gerund, 2. “ Your elegant house in Harley Street is to let.” Thackeray.
      In the imperative mood, before the first person plural, let has a hortative force. “ Rise up, let us go.” Mark xiv. 42. “ Let us seek out some desolate shade.” Shak.

      To let alone, to leave; to withdraw from; to refrain from interfering with. -- To let blood, to cause blood to flow; to bleed. -- To let down. To lower. To soften in tempering; as, to let down tools, cutlery, and the like. -- To let fly or To let drive, to discharge with violence, as a blow, an arrow, or stone. See under Drive, and Fly. -- To let in or To let into. To permit or suffer to enter; to admit. To insert, or imbed, as a piece of wood, in a recess formed in a surface for the purpose. -- To let loose, to remove restraint from; to permit to wander at large. -- To let off. To discharge; to let fly, as an arrow; to fire the charge of, as a gun. To release, as from an engagement or obligation. [Colloq.] -- To let out. To allow to go forth; as, “to let out a prisoner”. To extend or loosen, as the folds of a garment; to enlarge; to suffer to run out, as a cord. To lease; to give out for performance by contract, as a job. To divulge. -- To let slide, to let go;
      to cease to care for. [Colloq.] “ Let the world slide.” Shak.

    4. Let, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Let ( Letted ( lĕttĕd ), [Obs]. ); p. pr. & vb. n. Letting.] [OE. leten, læten ( past tense lat, let, p. p. laten, leten, lete ), AS. lǣtan ( past tense lēt, p. p. lǣten ); akin to OFries. lēta, OS. lātan, D. laten, G. lassen, OHG. lāzzan, Icel. lāta, Sw. låta, Dan. lade, Goth. lētan, and L. lassus weary. The original meaning seems to have been, to let loose, let go, let drop. Cf. Alas, Late, Lassitude, Let to hinder.]
      1. To leave; to relinquish; to abandon. [Obs. or Archaic, except when followed by alone or be.]

      He . . . prayed him his voyage for to let. Chaucer.

      Yet neither spins nor cards, ne cares nor frets,

      But to her mother Nature all her care she lets. Spenser.

      Let me alone in choosing of my wife. Chaucer.

      2. To consider; to think; to esteem. [Obs.] Chaucer.

      3. 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”. [Obs.]

      This irous, cursed wretch

      Let this knight's son anon before him fetch. Chaucer.

      He . . . thus let do slay hem all three. Chaucer.

      Anon he let two coffers make. Gower.

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

      ☞ In this sense, when followed by an infinitive, the latter is commonly without the sign to; “let us walk, i. e., to permit or suffer us to walk”. Sometimes there is entire omission of the verb; as, “to let [to be or to go] loose”.

      Pharaoh said, I will let you go. Ex. viii. 28.

      If your name be Horatio, as I am let to know it is. Shak.

      5. 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.”

      6. 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.”

      ☞ The active form of the infinitive of let, as of many other English verbs, is often used in a passive sense; as, a house to let ( i. e., for letting, or to be let ). This form of expression conforms to the use of the Anglo-Saxon gerund with to ( dative infinitive ) which was commonly so employed. See Gerund, 2. “ Your elegant house in Harley Street is to let.” Thackeray.
      In the imperative mood, before the first person plural, let has a hortative force. “ Rise up, let us go.” Mark xiv. 42. “ Let us seek out some desolate shade.” Shak.

      To let alone, to leave; to withdraw from; to refrain from interfering with. -- To let blood, to cause blood to flow; to bleed. -- To let down. To lower. To soften in tempering; as, to let down tools, cutlery, and the like. -- To let fly or To let drive, to discharge with violence, as a blow, an arrow, or stone. See under Drive, and Fly. -- To let in or To let into. To permit or suffer to enter; to admit. To insert, or imbed, as a piece of wood, in a recess formed in a surface for the purpose. -- To let loose, to remove restraint from; to permit to wander at large. -- To let off. To discharge; to let fly, as an arrow; to fire the charge of, as a gun. To release, as from an engagement or obligation. [Colloq.] -- To let out. To allow to go forth; as, “to let out a prisoner”. To extend or loosen, as the folds of a garment; to enlarge; to suffer to run out, as a cord. To lease; to give out for performance by contract, as a job. To divulge. -- To let slide, to let go;
      to cease to care for. [Colloq.] “ Let the world slide.” Shak.

    5. Let, v. i.
      1. To forbear. [Obs.] Bacon.

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

      To let on, to tell; to tattle; to divulge something. [Low] -- To let up, to become less severe; to diminish; to cease; as, “when the storm lets up.” [Colloq.]