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  Dictionary Definition of let

let [1]
verb ( let, letting )

-- verb (t)
1. to allow or permit.
2. to allow to pass, go, or come.
3. to cause or allow to escape.
4. Also, let out. to grant the occupancy or use of (land, buildings, rooms, space, etc., or moveable property) for rent or hire.
5. to contract for performance: to let work to a carpenter.
6. to cause or make: to let one know.
7. (as an auxiliary used to propose or order): Let me see.
-- verb (i)
8. to be rented or leased.
-- noun
9. a lease.
-- phrase
10. let alone ; let be, to cease to remonstrate with or harass.
11. let down, to lower.
12. let fly, a. to throw. b. to express one's anger without restraint.
13. let go, Colloquial a. to break wind; fart. b. to express one's anger without restraint. c. to cease to make claims which are no longer appropriate on people with whom one has had a close relationship.
14. let go of, to release one's hold on.
15. let in for, to oblige to do something without prior consent or knowledge.
16. let in on, to share secret information with.
17. let it be, to allow a situation to take its own course.
18. let off, a. to excuse; to exempt from (something arduous, as a punishment, or the like). b. to explode (a firework, or other explosive device). c. Colloquial to fart.
19. let off steam, to express one's anger and frustration, often by indirect and harmless means.
20. let on, Colloquial a. to divulge information, especially indiscreetly. b. to pretend: He let on that he was a detective.
21. let someone down, to disappoint (someone); fail.
22. let oneself go, to neglect oneself.
23. let one's hair down, to abandon oneself to pleasure.
24. let out, a. to divulge. b. to make (a garment, etc.) larger. c. to emit: He let out a laugh. d. to free from imputation of guilt: That lets him out.
25. let up, Colloquial to slacken or stop.
[ME leten, OE lŠtan, c. D laten, G \fs