Meaning of LET in English

LET

I. verb

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

give/let out a laugh

She gave a loud laugh.

give/let out a shriek

Ella let out a piercing shriek.

give/let out a sigh

She let out a sigh of disappointment.

give/let out a yelp of pain/dismay/surprise etc

The water was hotter than she had expected, and she gave an involuntary yelp.

let in a goal (= let the other team score a goal )

Chelsea let in a goal in the 63rd minute.

let in some air (= let fresh air into a room )

It would be nice to open the door and let in some air.

let it pass

Carla made some comment about my work but I decided to let it pass .

let it slide

Well, I guess we can let it slide this time.

let it slip that

He let it slip that they were planning to get married.

let out a scream

He let out a piercing scream.

let out/give a yell

She let out a yell when she saw me.

let out/utter a cry

Seeing the fields and mountains, she let out a cry of delight.

let sb in on a secret (= tell them a secret )

Frank let me in on the secret.

let sb out of prison

When's he going to be let out of prison?

let the matter rest/drop (= stop discussing or worrying about something )

I was too curious to let the matter drop.

let us imagine … (= used to encourage someone else to think about a possibility )

Let us imagine that you are an employer who wants to recruit some new staff.

let us/let’s assume (that) (= used when thinking about a possible event or situation and its possible results )

Let us assume for a moment that we could indeed fire her. Should we?

let your breath out (= breathe out )

Let your breath out slowly and relax.

let your gaze/eyes/thoughts/mind etc drift

Idly she let her eyes drift over his desk.

let your imagination run wild ( also let your imagination run riot British English ) (= allow yourself to imagine many strange or wonderful things )

He uses painting as a way of letting his imagination run riot.

let...go to pot

The government has let the whole country go to pot .

let...guess

What star sign are you? No, let me guess .

Let...know (= tell me )

Let me know what time you’re planning to arrive.

let/put the cat out (= let it or make it go outside )

Can you let the cat out?

lets...walk all over her

It’s terrible – she lets her kids just walk all over her .

turn/let/set sth loose (= let something go free )

Don’t let your dog loose on the beach.

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADVERB

down

There were horse-drawn cabs with the hoods let down , and cars going by.

When I was young, I let down my parents by quitting Sorbonne.

She, too, was let down by those in authority whose job it was to protect her.

Balletomanes got to see their favorite dancers let down their hair.

At night, part of the panel was let down , revealing a bed with concealed lighting behind.

Keep it coming like you are. Let down a little.

Ferguson then said he would buy the title for the fans he had so badly let down .

Quickly, Della let down her beautiful, long hair.

off

Not for the first time this year, Seles had been let off with a mere slap on the wrist.

Parents were let off the hook.

Then, to mark the end of the service, three enormous thunder-flashes were let off in the rear gatehouse.

Lousy schools and dysfunctional teachers were let off the hook.

We let off steam in graffiti, vandalism and football hooliganism.

Or did the high turnout suggest a letting off of steam after three intense years of flood recovery?

When Manly-Warringah dropped out of the chase, St George stepped up the pressure and have never really let off .

He was moving in slow motion when Jimmy let off a sudden burst that sent chunks of sidewalk flying everywhere.

out

On Thursday Major Vanavskaya suffered her first serious set-back, let out a very unladylike expletive and slammed the phone down.

Balor let out a bellow of fear and, in the same moment, the Trees closed in.

And with that he let out a long raspberry that inspired some applause.

He let out a long-held breath.

It was only as my sister reopened the front door to let out her pet cat that I was noticed.

It was to be hoped that Joanna didn't let out details of their various clients and the pet shop.

And he was fully expecting to be let out .

■ NOUN

pass

So Kylie, never one to let a lesson pass unheeded, acted on it.

Mr Punsalong taught me to let pain pass through me.

And Lisbie knew Fiona wasn't going to let this one pass without a major counterattack.

She could not stand the thought that she would be left again; she always let the warning pass .

I think not, Clive, but let that pass .

I let the subject pass and made a mental note for myself.

He let the timber pass by intending to slip the hook over the rope at its head.

rest

Its opponents, however, were unlikely to let the matter rest where it stood in September 1932.

She rolled on top of him, letting her full weight rest on his body.

He let his hammer rest on the shoe sole and looked up.

Attention creates the foreground of consciousness, letting the rest slip into peripheral awareness.

Anyway, you really should have just taken the useful tips from his lecture and let the rest slide.

When she sat down she didn't let herself rest against the back of the chair.

Season buffalo steaks with salt and pepper to taste and let them rest for 1 hour at room temperature.

run

It lets you copy and run files and search for and rename programs.

She played the fish, gave it some slack and let it run till it hesitated, then slowly drew it back.

They let Celtic fire run , uninhibitedly.

Some people let their under-fives run riot.

Never let a man run the whole show.

Equally unexpectedly, he let the contest run to the bitter end.

We would let his interest run its course.

slip

Be careful lads not to let this one slip away!

He tried to let Billie and Carlo slip to the back of his mind.

On the few occasions I have met him it has been very difficult for me not to let slip something about you.

Not a word had Dooley let slip , not even a hint.

And on most of the occasions when they had been alone together he hadn't let a chance slip by.

Just a little slower, maybe let the needle slip back down toward eighty, maybe seventy.

Even if he did not allow himself to betray his secret directly he might let slip something that would provide a clue.

The chance to convert a proposal long mooted into reality was too precious to let slip .

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

let (sth ↔) loose

let bygones be bygones

Why don't we let bygones be bygones and forget about the whole thing.

Although the book ended on a positive note in that the enemy's group leader tried to let bygones be bygones.

He lets bygones be bygones, they say, and is always happy to welcome back the wayward.

It raps a defector over the knuckles instantly but, after that, lets bygones be bygones.

McVie credits Buckingham for letting bygones be bygones.

Nor was he willing to let bygones be bygones once a quarrel had finally come to an end.

We will let bygones be bygones.

let me be the judge of that

let nature take its course

Just relax and let nature take its course.

With a cold, it's better to just let nature take its course.

I meant that, in the case of any other industry, we probably would have let nature take its course.

I think we should let nature take its course.

Should I just let nature take its course or stop it now?

Stay calm and let nature take its course.

The best is to obtain juveniles from a number of sources, rear them together and let nature take its course.

let sb loose on sth

He seemed to have forgotten about only letting me loose on water.

We let the Pacer loose on two testers - one fast, one slow.

Who was feeding him or even letting him loose on occasions?

let the cat out of the bag

I'm sorry. Jim knows about last week's party. I'm afraid I let the cat out of the bag.

Some idiot's let the cat out of the bag -- Mrs Simpson realizes there's something going on.

Inadvertently perhaps, the BiE report lets the cat out of the bag.

let the dust settle/wait for the dust to settle

let the genie out of the bottle

let the side down

Brown was constantly letting the side down.

Essentially, it's the ageing drivetrain that lets the side down.

I don't want to let the side down - don't send me to the Sick Room!

It is an unmentionable subject, a terrible way of letting the side down.

let your hair down

Chat rooms on the Internet are a place we can let our hair down and say what we think.

I spotted Juanita really letting her hair down on the dance floor.

Playing softball is just a good way to let your hair down and have fun.

You can really let your hair down and do what you want at the club.

Among the many booksellers and publishers whom I spotted letting their hair down on the dance floor was independent publisher Christopher Hurst.

He liked this: what his pub was all about, for people to let their hair down.

In the second half Complicite let their hair down in their own inimitable way.

Man's got ta let his hair down.

Out in the pasture, the princess let her hair down.

This was the day our friends let their hair down and spoke with amazing frankness.

We know when we can afford to let our hair down and when we can't.

let's get this show on the road

let/blow off steam

Recess is a good chance for kids to blow off steam .

It was recreation hour, explained Brother Andrew with a smile, and the Brothers were letting off steam .

Jody lets her blow off steam first.

Others have behavioural problems and need to let off steam in a safe and controlled setting.

She just needed to blow off steam .

So kicking the cat, biting a towel or pounding a pillow aren't really much use, except for letting off steam .

We let off steam in graffiti, vandalism and football hooliganism.

You got upset, blew off steam .

You want to let off steam ?

let/get sb off the hook

People will think they let Charmaine off the hook because she's a woman.

And he was at the heart of two of the double plays that got Johns off the hook .

And this time there is no second match to get anyone off the hook !

Apologising for ourselves Apologising and being self-deprecating can let you off the hook .

Home striker Paul Crimmen let them off the hook on a number of occasions and Horsham had two goals disallowed.

I emphasize the tense because Congress has the habit of letting itself off the hook when convenient.

It could even, in a pinch, get him off the hook for the nightly walk to the monument.

Why, she wondered, when she had effectively let him off the hook ?

You could let them off the hook , or you could reel them in.

not let sb out of your sight

Stay here, and don't let the baby out of your sight .

not let the grass grow under your feet

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

Let him come home safely, she prayed.

200,00 sq ft of land was let to a local firm.

I know he's grown up now, but it's hard for me to let go.

I want to go to Europe this summer, but my parents won't let me.

It'll drive you crazy if you let it.

Nellie's house had a 'To Let ' sign in the window.

Sue doesn't let her kids eat candy.

Thanks for letting me spend the night at your place.

The company owns about 170 cottages in Britain, which it lets out to tourists.

We wanted to go camping, but our parents wouldn't let us.

You'd better let the dog out.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

Away from her, he must feel like a boy let out of school.

Because if you drive... hold on, let me just check some-thing.

But let no one doubt that this earthquake will happen.

If hungry he'd gnaw your ankle just to let you know to fill his bowl.

My parents didn't want to let me go, but I begged them and promised to come back very quickly.

So let us look at what factors appear to affect the performance of individuals in their jobs.

They are the reason he asked Mobil to let him build a bigger store.

Under no circumstances, however, should the Dole campaign let Buchanan speak during prime time at the Republican Convention.

II. noun

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

let (sth ↔) loose

let bygones be bygones

Why don't we let bygones be bygones and forget about the whole thing.

Although the book ended on a positive note in that the enemy's group leader tried to let bygones be bygones.

He lets bygones be bygones, they say, and is always happy to welcome back the wayward.

It raps a defector over the knuckles instantly but, after that, lets bygones be bygones.

McVie credits Buckingham for letting bygones be bygones.

Nor was he willing to let bygones be bygones once a quarrel had finally come to an end.

We will let bygones be bygones.

let fly (sth)

And there all the time, a line of kneeling archers, letting fly from behind their ranked shields.

He located running back John Fuqua 20 yards downfield and let fly .

If the threat still persists, he will let fly with one or both hindlegs.

It seems that the Battler and Rico let fly at somebody who was coming out of the back door of the Regal Arms.

Kimberley let fly at the dangling men from a hopeless range.

Sit it on a hill and wait till the enemy is within half range and then let fly .

The Bashers tightened lips, hunched shoulders, and let fly .

You have only to come close enough to my hide and I let fly .

let it all hang out

Each time you let it all hang out, you lower your threshold for doing it again.

My face resembled the back of one of those baboons who let it all hang out at mating time.

Now you can anonymously let it all hang out online.

Was it possible to go too far, or should he just let it all hang out?

We let it all hang out.

let it be known/make it known (that)

let it/her rip

let me be the judge of that

let me remind you/may I remind you (that)

let me see

And Martini rolls a big, let me see , a big nineteen.

But you could give me this project, put me in charge of the entire operation - and let me see it through.

I promised to give it the fifty-one hours, so that's, let me see , forty-five left.

Now let me see if I can split the difference.

So far, let me see , it's two-eighty.

Why won't you let me see your schoolbooks nowadays?

let nature take its course

Just relax and let nature take its course.

With a cold, it's better to just let nature take its course.

I meant that, in the case of any other industry, we probably would have let nature take its course.

I think we should let nature take its course.

Should I just let nature take its course or stop it now?

Stay calm and let nature take its course.

The best is to obtain juveniles from a number of sources, rear them together and let nature take its course.

let rip

Harriet finally let rip with 20 years of stored resentment.

And picture the scene when a bunch of the boys let rip with the Toreador Song from Carmen.

And, quite frankly, I just let rip .

But Lord McNally, a Liberal Democrat, was able to let rip .

Encouraged, and not noticing in his excitement the look of horror on his Rachel's face, Alfred let rip .

He had carte blanche to let rip .

In the end, the market is let rip .

Out on the motorway he let rip .

let sb get on with it

let sb loose on sth

He seemed to have forgotten about only letting me loose on water.

We let the Pacer loose on two testers - one fast, one slow.

Who was feeding him or even letting him loose on occasions?

let sb stew

let sleeping dogs lie

The best plan is just to let sleeping dogs lie.

let sth drift

let sth pass

When she started criticizing my parents, I couldn't let it pass .

let sth ride

We can't just let this ride - this kid's future is at stake.

let sth slide

Management has let safety standards slide at the plant.

let sth slip

let sth slip (through your fingers)

And on most of the occasions when they had been alone together he hadn't let a chance slip by.

As an aside, the parties let it slip that the idea of a true playoff system had been scrapped.

Attention creates the foreground of consciousness, letting the rest slip into peripheral awareness.

Be careful lads not to let this one slip away!

Colin, on the other hand, became discouraged and let things slip .

He held it up, and let it slip between his fingers.

The Celtics let this one slip away slowly, painfully and needlessly.

Wrapped up with visions of kissing Deborah, I had ignored his bedtime rituals and let him slip away.

let the cat out of the bag

I'm sorry. Jim knows about last week's party. I'm afraid I let the cat out of the bag.

Some idiot's let the cat out of the bag -- Mrs Simpson realizes there's something going on.

Inadvertently perhaps, the BiE report lets the cat out of the bag.

let the genie out of the bottle

let the matter rest

However, she can rest assured that we will not let the matter rest.

I was going to knock for I was still intrigued by him but Benjamin called me so I let the matter rest .

In her opinion anybody with any sense would let the matter rest there.

Innocent maintained that Philip should have gone to Rome for absolution but for the moment he let the matter rest .

Its opponents, however, were unlikely to let the matter rest where it stood in September 1932.

She simply refused to let the matter rest where it.was.

let your hair down

Chat rooms on the Internet are a place we can let our hair down and say what we think.

I spotted Juanita really letting her hair down on the dance floor.

Playing softball is just a good way to let your hair down and have fun.

You can really let your hair down and do what you want at the club.

Among the many booksellers and publishers whom I spotted letting their hair down on the dance floor was independent publisher Christopher Hurst.

He liked this: what his pub was all about, for people to let their hair down.

In the second half Complicite let their hair down in their own inimitable way.

Man's got ta let his hair down.

Out in the pasture, the princess let her hair down.

This was the day our friends let their hair down and spoke with amazing frankness.

We know when we can afford to let our hair down and when we can't.

let's get this show on the road

let's hear it for sb

let's just say

"So who was she with?" "Let's just say it wasn't Ted."

let's roll

let/blow off steam

Recess is a good chance for kids to blow off steam .

It was recreation hour, explained Brother Andrew with a smile, and the Brothers were letting off steam .

Jody lets her blow off steam first.

Others have behavioural problems and need to let off steam in a safe and controlled setting.

She just needed to blow off steam .

So kicking the cat, biting a towel or pounding a pillow aren't really much use, except for letting off steam .

We let off steam in graffiti, vandalism and football hooliganism.

You got upset, blew off steam .

You want to let off steam ?

let/get sb off the hook

People will think they let Charmaine off the hook because she's a woman.

And he was at the heart of two of the double plays that got Johns off the hook .

And this time there is no second match to get anyone off the hook !

Apologising for ourselves Apologising and being self-deprecating can let you off the hook .

Home striker Paul Crimmen let them off the hook on a number of occasions and Horsham had two goals disallowed.

I emphasize the tense because Congress has the habit of letting itself off the hook when convenient.

It could even, in a pinch, get him off the hook for the nightly walk to the monument.

Why, she wondered, when she had effectively let him off the hook ?

You could let them off the hook , or you could reel them in.

live and let live

She couldn't live and let live.

The Smiths, though, have little time for the live and let live view.

not let sb out of your sight

Stay here, and don't let the baby out of your sight .

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

This would justify the fact that to is not used with this sense of let .

Longman DOCE5 Extras English vocabulary.      Дополнительный английский словарь Longman DOCE5.