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English Dictionary: let by the DICT Development Group
6 results for let
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  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
  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.
                     Yet neither spins nor cards, ne cares nor frets, But
                     to her mother Nature all her care she lets.
                     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.
                     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.
                        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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