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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)

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.

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!"