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Definition of "let" []

  • To give permission or opportunity to; allow: I let them borrow the car. The inheritance let us finally buy a house. See Usage Note at leave1. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause to; make: Let the news be known. (verb-transitive)
  • Used as an auxiliary in the imperative to express a command, request, or proposal: Let's finish the job! Let x equal y. (verb-transitive)
  • Used as an auxiliary in the imperative to express a warning or threat: Just let her try! (verb-transitive)
  • To permit to enter, proceed, or depart: let the dog in. (verb-transitive)
  • To permit; allow (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Used as an auxiliary to express a request, proposal, or command, or to convey a warning or threat (verb)
  • (in mathematical or philosophical discourse) used as an auxiliary to express an assumption or hypothesis (verb)
  • Used as an auxiliary to express resigned acceptance of the inevitable (verb)
  • To allow the occupation of (accommodation) in return for rent (verb)
  • To assign (a contract for work) (verb)
  • To allow or cause the movement of (something) in a specified direction (verb)
  • To utter (verb)
  • The act of letting property or accommodation (noun)

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Use "let" in a sentence
  • "You want to let the rich get richer..let them move their factories to Asia."
  • "“Why, I believe, if you will let me take Philip Wakem into our confidence, —let me tell him all about your wish to buy, and what it’s for; that my cousins wish to have it, and why they wish to have it, —I believe Philip would help to bring it about."
  • "“Whatever happens to me let me not be unjust, ” she said; “let me bear my burdens myself, and not shift them upon others!"