Meaning of LET in English


I. ˈlet transitive verb

( let·ted ; letted or let ; let·ting )

Etymology: Middle English letten, from Old English lettan to delay, hinder; akin to Old High German lezzen to delay, hurt, Old English lǣt late

Date: before 12th century

archaic : hinder , prevent

II. noun

Date: 12th century

1. : something that impedes : obstruction

ruled his little world without hindrance or let — B. F. Reilly

2. : a shot or point in racket games that does not count and must be replayed

III. verb

( let ; let·ting )

Etymology: Middle English leten, from Old English lǣtan; akin to Old High German lāzzan to permit, and perhaps to Lithuanian lėnas tranquil

Date: before 12th century

transitive verb

1. : to cause to : make

let me know


a. chiefly British : to offer or grant for rent or lease

let rooms

b. : to assign especially after bids

let a contract


a. : to give opportunity to or fail to prevent

live and let live

a break in the clouds let us see the summit

let the opportunity slip

b. — used in the imperative to introduce a request or proposal

let us pray

c. — used as an auxiliary to express a warning

let him try

4. : to free from or as if from confinement

let out a scream

let blood

5. : to permit to enter, pass, or leave

let them through

let them off with a warning

6. : to make an adjustment to

let out the waist

intransitive verb

1. chiefly British : to become rented or leased

2. : to become awarded to a contractor

Synonyms: see hire

- let alone

- let fly

- let go

- let it all hang out

- let one have it

- let one's hair down

- let rip

- let the cat out of the bag

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.