from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To cause to; make: Let the news be known.
- transitive v. Used as an auxiliary in the imperative to express a command, request, or proposal: Let's finish the job! Let x equal y.
- transitive v. Used as an auxiliary in the imperative to express a warning or threat: Just let her try!
- transitive v. To permit to enter, proceed, or depart: let the dog in.
- transitive v. To release from or as if from confinement: let the air out of the balloon; let out a yelp.
- transitive v. To rent or lease: let rooms.
- transitive v. To award, especially after bids have been submitted: let the construction job to a new firm.
- intransitive v. To become rented or leased.
- intransitive v. To be or become assigned, as to a contractor.
- let down To cause to come down gradually; lower: let down the sails.
- let down To withdraw support from; forsake.
- let down To fail to meet the expectations of; disappoint.
- let on To allow to be known; admit: Don't let on that you know me.
- let on To pretend.
- let out To come to a close; end: School let out early. The play let out at 11 P.M.
- let out To make known; reveal: Who let that story out?
- let out To increase the size of (a garment, for example): let out a coat.
- let up To slow down; diminish: didn't let up in their efforts.
- let up To come to a stop; cease: The rain let up.
- idiom let alone Not to mention; much less: "Their ancestors had been dirt poor and never saw royalty, let alone hung around with them” ( Garrison Keillor).
- idiom let go To cease to employ; dismiss: had to let 20 workers go.
- idiom let off on Informal To cause to diminish, as in pressure; ease up on: Let off on the gas so that we do not exceed the speed limit.
- idiom let (one's) hair down To drop one's reserve or inhibitions.
- idiom let (someone) have it Informal To beat, strike, or shoot at someone.
- idiom let (someone) have it Informal To scold or punish.
- idiom let (someone) in on To reveal (a secret) to someone: They finally let me in on their plans.
- idiom let (someone) in on To allow someone to participate in (something).
- idiom let up on To be or become more lenient with: Why don't you let up on the poor child?
- n. Something that hinders; an obstacle: free to investigate without let or hindrance.
- n. Sports An invalid stroke in tennis and other net games that requires a replay.
- transitive v. Archaic To hinder or obstruct.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To hinder, prevent; to obstruct (someone or something).
- v. To prevent or obstruct to do something, or that something happen.
- n. An obstacle or hindrance.
- n. The hindrance caused by the net during serve, only if the ball falls legally.
- v. To allow to, not to prevent (+ infinitive, but usually without to).
- v. To allow the release of (a fluid).
- v. To allow possession of (a property etc.) in exchange for rent.
- v. Used to introduce an imperative in the first or third person.
- v. To cause (+ bare infinitive).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A retarding; hindrance; obstacle; impediment; delay; -- common in the phrase without let or hindrance, but elsewhere archaic.
- n. A stroke in which a ball touches the top of the net in passing over.
- intransitive v. To forbear.
- intransitive v. To be let or leased. See note under Let, v. t.
- transitive v. To retard; to hinder; to impede; to oppose.
- transitive v. To leave; to relinquish; to abandon.
- transitive v. To consider; to think; to esteem.
- transitive v. To cause; to make; -- used with the infinitive in the active form but in the passive sense.
- transitive v. To permit; to allow; to suffer; -- either affirmatively, by positive act, or negatively, by neglecting to restrain or prevent.
- transitive v. To allow to be used or occupied for a compensation; to lease; to rent; to hire out; -- often with out
- transitive v. To give, grant, or assign, as a work, privilege, or contract; -- often with out
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To permit or allow (to be or to do), either actively or passively; grant or afford liberty (to): followed by an infinitive without to: as, to let one do as he pleases; to let slip an opportunity.
- Hence also much used as a kind of imperative auxiliary, with following infinitive, to form imperative first and third persons: as, let him be accursed (literally, allow him to be accursed); let them retire at once; let us pray; let me be listened to when I speak.
- To furnish with leave or ability by direct action or agency; enable, cause, or make to do or to be: followed by an infinitive without to (except in the passive), or by a definitive adjective or adverb (with ellipsis of go, come, or get before the adverb): as, I will let you know my decision; let me understand your claim; to let a person in (come in or enter); to let a man out of prison.
- To leave; allow to remain or abide; suffer to continue or proceed.
- To leave the care or control of; commit or intrust; resign; relinquish; leave.
- To leave or transfer the use of for a consideration; put to rent or hire; farm; lease: often with out: as, to let a house to a tenant; to let out boats or carriages for hire.
- To cause: with an infinitive, without to, in a quasi-passive use (the original subject of the infinitive being omitted): as, to let make (cause to be made); to let call (cause to be called). It is sometimes joined with do, without change of meaning.
- To allow or hold to be; regard; esteem.
- Leave alone; do not trouble or meddle with.
- To bring down; cause to be depressed or lowered.
- In metal-working, to lower the temper of, as a tool or spring of steel which has been made flint-hard. The temper is reduced by heating, the attainment of the required degree of hardness being indicated by the color.
- To allow to escape one, as an expression; utter carelessly or incidentally.
- To pass by or disregard.
- To take in; cheat; swindle; involve in something undesirable: as, he let me in for ten dollars.
- To discharge with an explosion, as a fire-cracker.
- To allow to escape, as a confined fluid or a secret.
- To extend by lessening a seam or a tuck, as a garment or a sail.
- To make narrower, as a seam; remove wholly or in part, as a tuck.
- To allow to slip away or escape; suffer to be lost.
- Synonyms Rent, Lease, etc. See hire.
- To permit or allow something to be done, occur, etc.: in certain colloquial phrases. See below.
- To be rented or leased: as, this house lets for so much a year.
- To pretend; feign; affect: as, let on that you did not hear.
- To strike out.
- To be dismissed or concluded: as, school lets out at three.
- Also used imperatively.
- To delay; retard; hinder; prevent; stop.
- To delay; hesitate; waver; be slow.
- To forbear; cease; leave off.
- To be a hindrance; stand in the way.
- In cricket, to miss a chance of catching (a hatsman) out.
- n. A letting for hire or rent.
- n. A retarding; hindrance; obstacle; impediment; delay: now currently used only in the tautological phrase “without let or hindrance.”
- n. A diminutive suffix, as in bracelet, hamlet, rivulet, etc., and other words from or based upon the French.
- n. In lawn-tennis, hand-tennis, and other games played with a net, a service-ball which strikes the top of the net and then goes into the proper court; also, any unforeseen or accidental hindrance of a like nature which the umpire may on appeal so designate.
- n. Abbreviations of Lettish.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. leave unchanged
- v. make it possible through a specific action or lack of action for something to happen
- v. consent to, give permission
- n. a serve that strikes the net before falling into the receiver's court; the ball must be served again
- v. grant use or occupation of under a term of contract
- n. a brutal terrorist group active in Kashmir; fights against India with the goal of restoring Islamic rule of India
- v. actively cause something to happen
- v. cause to move; cause to be in a certain position or condition
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 its 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!
You let him alone, he shouted to the people, shaking his hat at them; let Professor Riis alone.
Reverse that action, and through the force of our own inhibitory power let a new pain be a reminder to us to _let go, _ instead of to hold on, and by decreasing the strain we decrease the possibility of more pain.
Mickey-boy, 'if the Joy Lady is so anxious to get the baby, and sew its clothes herself, why I'll just let her,' so I did _let_ her, but it took some time to make them, so I had to wait to bring it 'til tonight.
"I want her -- let me go to her -- _let_ me go to her at once, Nell."
Retrenchment is written up as evident as the prophetic words of fire upon the walls of Belshazzar's palace -- _To let -- to let -- to let_.
Stay, let me read my catalogue -- _Suite_, _figure_, _chagrin_, _naiveté_, and _let me die_, for the parenthesis of all.
A side effect of the fix will break any script which does not provide an initial value for a variable in the binding portion of a let, let*, or letrec block.