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English Dictionary: let by the DICT Development Group
6 results for let
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
LET
n
  1. a brutal terrorist group active in Kashmir; fights against India with the goal of restoring Islamic rule of India; "Lashkar-e-Toiba has committed mass murders of civilian Hindus"
    Synonym(s): Lashkar-e-Taiba, Lashkar-e-Toiba, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, LET, Army of the Pure, Army of the Righteous
  2. a serve that strikes the net before falling into the receiver's court; the ball must be served again
    Synonym(s): let, net ball
v
  1. make it possible through a specific action or lack of action for something to happen; "This permits the water to rush in"; "This sealed door won't allow the water come into the basement"; "This will permit the rain to run off"
    Synonym(s): let, allow, permit
    Antonym(s): keep, prevent
  2. actively cause something to happen; "I let it be known that I was not interested"
  3. consent to, give permission; "She permitted her son to visit her estranged husband"; "I won't let the police search her basement"; "I cannot allow you to see your exam"
    Synonym(s): permit, allow, let, countenance
    Antonym(s): disallow, forbid, interdict, nix, prohibit, proscribe, veto
  4. cause to move; cause to be in a certain position or condition; "He got his squad on the ball"; "This let me in for a big surprise"; "He got a girl into trouble"
    Synonym(s): get, let, have
  5. leave unchanged; "let it be"
  6. grant use or occupation of under a term of contract; "I am leasing my country estate to some foreigners"
    Synonym(s): lease, let, rent
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   -let \-let\ (-l[ecr]t). [From two French dim. endings -el (L.
      -ellus) and -et, as in bracelet.]
      A noun suffix having a diminutive force; as in streamlet,
      wavelet, armlet.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Let \Let\ (l[ecr]t), v. t. [OE. letten, AS. lettan to delay, to
      hinder, fr. l[91]t 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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Let \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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Let \Let\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Let} ({Letted}
      (l[ecr]t"t[ecr]d), [Obs].); p. pr. & vb. n. {Letting}.] [OE.
      leten, l[91]ten (past tense lat, let, p. p. laten, leten,
      lete), AS. l[aemac]tan (past tense l[emac]t, p. p.
      l[aemac]ten); akin to OFries. l[emac]ta, OS. l[be]tan, D.
      laten, G. lassen, OHG. l[be]zzan, Icel. l[be]ta, Sw. l[86]ta,
      Dan. lade, Goth. l[emac]tan, 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.
  
      Note: In this sense, when followed by an infinitive, the
               latter is commonly without the sign to; as 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.
  
      Note: 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. [bd] Your
               elegant house in Harley Street is to let.[b8]
               --Thackeray. In the imperative mood, before the first
               person plural, let has a hortative force. [bd] Rise up,
               let us go.[b8] --Mark xiv. 42. [bd] Let us seek out
               some desolate shade.[b8] --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}.
            (a) To lower.
            (b) To soften in tempering; as, to let down tools,
                  cutlery, and the like.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Let \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.]
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