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let 1

v. let, let·ting, lets
1. 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.
2. To cause to; make: Let the news be known.
a. Used as an auxiliary in the imperative to express a command, request, or proposal: Let's finish the job! Let x equal y.
b. Used as an auxiliary in the imperative to express a warning or threat: Just let her try!
4. To permit to enter, proceed, or depart: let the dog in.
5. To release from or as if from confinement: let the air out of the balloon; let out a yelp.
6. To rent or lease: let rooms.
7. To award, especially after bids have been submitted: let the construction job to a new firm.
1. To become rented or leased.
2. To be or become assigned, as to a contractor.
Phrasal Verbs:
let down
1. To cause to come down gradually; lower: let down the sails.
2. To withdraw support from; forsake.
3. To fail to meet the expectations of; disappoint.
let on
1. To allow to be known; admit: Don't let on that you know me.
2. To pretend.
let out
1. To come to a close; end: School let out early. The play let out at 10:30.
2. To make known; reveal: Who let that story out?
3. To increase the size of (a garment, for example): let out a coat.
let up
1. To slow down; diminish: didn't let up in their efforts.
2. To become less severe or intense: The rain let up.
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).
let go
To cease to employ; dismiss: had to let 20 workers go.
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.
let (one's) hair down
To drop one's reserve or inhibitions.
let (someone) have it Informal
1. To beat, strike, or shoot at someone.
2. To scold or punish.
let (someone) in on
1. To reveal (a secret) to someone: They finally let me in on their plans.
2. To allow someone to participate in (something).
let up on
To be or become more lenient with: Why don't you let up on the poor child?

[Middle English leten, from Old English lǣtan; see lē- in Indo-European roots.]

let 2

1. Something that hinders; an obstacle: free to investigate without let or hindrance.
2. Sports An invalid stroke in tennis and other net games that requires a replay.
tr.v. let·ted or let, let·ting, lets Archaic
To hinder or obstruct.

[Middle English lette, from letten, to hinder, from Old English lettan; see lē- in Indo-European roots.]


vb (tr; usually takes an infinitive without to or an implied infinitive) , lets, letting or let
1. to permit; allow: she lets him roam around.
2. (imperative or dependent imperative)
a. used as an auxiliary to express a request, proposal, or command, or to convey a warning or threat: let's get on; just let me catch you here again!.
b. (in mathematical or philosophical discourse) used as an auxiliary to express an assumption or hypothesis: let "a" equal "b".
c. used as an auxiliary to express resigned acceptance of the inevitable: let the worst happen.
a. to allow the occupation of (accommodation) in return for rent
b. to assign (a contract for work)
4. to allow or cause the movement of (something) in a specified direction: to let air out of a tyre.
5. informal Irish to utter: to let a cry.
6. let alone
a. (conjunction) much less; not to mention: I can't afford wine, let alone champagne.
b. let be leave alone leave be to refrain from annoying or interfering with: let the poor cat alone.
7. let be leave alone leave be to refrain from annoying or interfering with: let the poor cat alone.
8. let go See go159
9. to set free
10. informal to make (a sound or remark) suddenly: he let loose a hollow laugh.
11. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) informal to discharge (rounds) from a gun or guns: they let loose a couple of rounds of ammunition.
Brit the act of letting property or accommodation: the majority of new lets are covered by the rent regulations.
[Old English lǣtan to permit; related to Gothic lētan, German lassen]


1. an impediment or obstruction (esp in the phrase without let or hindrance)
2. (Tennis) tennis squash
a. a minor infringement or obstruction of the ball, requiring a point to be replayed
b. the point so replayed
3. (Squash & Fives) tennis squash
a. a minor infringement or obstruction of the ball, requiring a point to be replayed
b. the point so replayed
vb, lets, letting, letted or let
(tr) archaic to hinder; impede
[Old English lettan to hinder, from læt late; related to Old Norse letja]



v. let, let•ting. v.t.
1. to allow or permit: to let one's hair grow.
2. to allow to pass, go, or come: He let us into the house.
3. to cause to; make: to let her know the truth.
4. (used in the imperative as an auxiliary expressive of a request, command, warning, suggestion, etc.): Let me see. Let's go. Just let them try it!
5. to grant the occupancy or use of for rent or hire: to let rooms.
6. to contract or assign for performance: to let work to a carpenter.
7. to admit of being leased: an apartment to let for $200 a week.
8. let down,
a. to disappoint or betray; fail.
b. to lower.
c. to make (a garment) longer.
d. (of an airplane) to descend to a lower altitude for landing.
9. let in on, to allow to share in: I'll let you in on a secret.
10. let off,
a. to release explosively: to let off steam.
b. to excuse from work or responsibility.
c. to release with little or no punishment.
11. let on,
a. to reveal, as information or one's true feelings.
b. to pretend.
12. let out,
a. to make known.
b. to release from confinement, restraint, etc.
c. to alter (a garment) so as to make larger or looser.
d. to be finished or dismissed: School lets out in May.
13. let up,
a. to abate; diminish.
b. to cease; stop.
14. let up on, to become more lenient with.
let be, to refrain from interfering with or bothering.
15. let someone have it, Informal. to attack or assault.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English lǣtan, c. Old Saxon lātan, Old High German lāzan, Old Norse lāta, Gothic letan; akin to late]
syn: See allow.
usage: Perhaps because let's has come to be felt as a word in its own right rather than as the contraction of let us, it often occurs in informal speech and writing with redundant or appositional pronouns: Let's us plan a picnic. Let's you and I (or me) get together tomorrow. Usage guides suggest avoiding these constructions.



1. (in tennis, badminton, etc.) any shot or action that must be replayed, esp. an otherwise valid serve that has hit the top of the net.
2. Chiefly Law. an impediment or obstacle: to act without let or hindrance.
[before 900; Middle English letten (v.), lette (n.; derivative of the v.), Old English lettan]


a diminutive suffix attached to nouns (booklet; piglet; ringlet), and, by extraction from bracelet, a suffix denoting a band, ornament, or article of clothing worn on the part of the body specified by the noun (anklet; wristlet).
[Middle English -let, -lette < Middle French -elet,=-el (< Latin -āle, neuter of -ālis -al1 (compare bracelet) or < Latin -ellus diminutive suffix; compare -elle, chaplet) + -et -et]



Allow, permit, and let are all used to say that someone is given permission to do something, or is not prevented from doing something. Permit is a formal word.

1. 'allow' and 'permit'

Allow and permit are followed by an object and a to-infinitive clause.

He allowed me to take the course.
They do not permit students to use calculators in exams.

You can say that people are not allowed to do something or are not permitted to do something.

Visitors are not allowed to take photographs in the museum.
Children are not permitted to use the swimming pool.

You can also say that something is not allowed or that it is not permitted.

Running was not allowed in the school.
Picnics are not permitted in the park.
2. 'let'

Let is followed by an object and an infinitive without to.

Let me go to the party on Saturday. I won't be late.

You don't usually use 'let' in the passive. Don't say, for example, 'She was let go to the party'.

3. 'enable'

Don't confuse any of these words with enable. To enable someone to do something means to give them the opportunity to do it. It does not mean to give them permission to do it.

Contraception enables women to plan their families.
The new test should enable doctors to detect the disease early.


1. 'hire' and 'rent'

If you pay a sum of money in order to use something for a short period of time, you can say that you hire it or rent it. Hire is more common in British English and rent is more common in American English.

We hired a car from a local car agency and drove across the island.
He rented a car for the weekend.

If you make a series of payments in order to use something for a long period, you say that you rent it. You do not usually say that you 'hire' it.

A month's deposit may be required before you can rent the house.
2. 'hire out'

If you hire something from someone, you can say that they hire it out to you.

Companies hiring out boats do well in the summer months.
3. 'rent out'

If you rent something from someone, you can say that they rent it out to you.

They had to rent out the upstairs room.
4. 'let' and 'let out'

If you rent a building or piece of land from someone, you can say that they let it to you or let it out to you. The past tense and -ed participle of let is let.

The cottage was let to an actor from London.
I couldn't sell the house, so I let it out.

This usage is more common in British English than American English. The usual American terms are rent and rent out.

The house was rented to a farmer.
He repaired the boat and rented it out for $150.


Let is used to say that someone allows someone else to do something. After the object, you use an infinitive without to.

The farmer lets me live in a caravan behind his barn.
Her Dad never lets her have ice-cream.
They sit back and let everyone else do the work.

Be Careful!
Don't use a to-infinitive or an -ing form after let. Don't say, for example, 'He lets me to use his telephone' or 'He lets me using his telephone'.

The past tense and -ed participle of let is let.

He let Jack lead the way.
She had let him borrow her pen.

Be Careful!
There is no passive form of let. Don't say, for example, 'He was let go' or 'He was let to go'. If you want to use a passive form, use a different verb, such as allow or permit.

He had been allowed to enter Italy as a political refugee.
Laurent was only permitted to leave his room at mealtimes.
1. 'let ... know'

If you let someone know something, you tell them about it.

I'll find out about the meeting and let you know when it is.
If the pain gets worse, let your doctor know immediately.
2. 'let me'

People often use let me when they are offering to do something for someone.

Let me show you.
Let me help you carry your bags.


(to permit or lease)
Past participle: let
Gerund: letting

I let
you let
he/she/it lets
we let
you let
they let
I let
you let
he/she/it let
we let
you let
they let
Present Continuous
I am letting
you are letting
he/she/it is letting
we are letting
you are letting
they are letting
Present Perfect
I have let
you have let
he/she/it has let
we have let
you have let
they have let
Past Continuous
I was letting
you were letting
he/she/it was letting
we were letting
you were letting
they were letting
Past Perfect
I had let
you had let
he/she/it had let
we had let
you had let
they had let
I will let
you will let
he/she/it will let
we will let
you will let
they will let
Future Perfect
I will have let
you will have let
he/she/it will have let
we will have let
you will have let
they will have let
Future Continuous
I will be letting
you will be letting
he/she/it will be letting
we will be letting
you will be letting
they will be letting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been letting
you have been letting
he/she/it has been letting
we have been letting
you have been letting
they have been letting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been letting
you will have been letting
he/she/it will have been letting
we will have been letting
you will have been letting
they will have been letting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been letting
you had been letting
he/she/it had been letting
we had been letting
you had been letting
they had been letting
I would let
you would let
he/she/it would let
we would let
you would let
they would let
Past Conditional
I would have let
you would have let
he/she/it would have let
we would have let
you would have let
they would have let


(to hinder)
Past participle: let/letted
Gerund: letting

I let
you let
he/she/it lets
we let
you let
they let
I let/letted
you let/letted
he/she/it let/letted
we let/letted
you let/letted
they let/letted
Present Continuous
I am letting
you are letting
he/she/it is letting
we are letting
you are letting
they are letting
Present Perfect
I have let/letted
you have let/letted
he/she/it has let/letted
we have let/letted
you have let/letted
they have let/letted
Past Continuous
I was letting
you were letting
he/she/it was letting
we were letting
you were letting
they were letting
Past Perfect
I had let/letted
you had let/letted
he/she/it had let/letted
we had let/letted
you had let/letted
they had let/letted
I will let
you will let
he/she/it will let
we will let
you will let
they will let
Future Perfect
I will have let/letted
you will have let/letted
he/she/it will have let/letted
we will have let/letted
you will have let/letted
they will have let/letted
Future Continuous
I will be letting
you will be letting
he/she/it will be letting
we will be letting
you will be letting
they will be letting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been letting
you have been letting
he/she/it has been letting
we have been letting
you have been letting
they have been letting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been letting
you will have been letting
he/she/it will have been letting
we will have been letting
you will have been letting
they will have been letting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been letting
you had been letting
he/she/it had been letting
we had been letting
you had been letting
they had been letting
I would let
you would let
he/she/it would let
we would let
you would let
they would let
Past Conditional
I would have let/letted
you would have let/letted
he/she/it would have let/letted
we would have let/letted
you would have let/letted
they would have let/letted


1. Allows a rally and resulting score to be disregarded. Lets are declared by the umpire without appeals from the players.
2. When no point is scored, for example, when the ball touches the net in service.
3. A service that touches the net before dropping into the proper service court. It does not count and has to be replayed.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.LET - 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"
act of terrorism, terrorism, terrorist act - the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear
Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Pakistan, West Pakistan - a Muslim republic that occupies the heartland of ancient south Asian civilization in the Indus River valley; formerly part of India; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1947
2.let - a serve that strikes the net before falling into the receiver's courtlet - a serve that strikes the net before falling into the receiver's court; the ball must be served again
serve, service - (sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play; "his powerful serves won the game"
Verb1.let - 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"
pass - allow to go without comment or censure; "the insult passed as if unnoticed"
prevent, keep - stop (someone or something) from doing something or being in a certain state; "We must prevent the cancer from spreading"; "His snoring kept me from falling asleep"; "Keep the child from eating the marbles"
2.let - actively cause something to happen; "I let it be known that I was not interested"
cause, induce, stimulate, make, get, have - cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner; "The ads induced me to buy a VCR"; "My children finally got me to buy a computer"; "My wife made me buy a new sofa"
3.let - consent to, give permissionlet - 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"
brook, endure, tolerate, stomach, abide, bear, digest, stick out, suffer, put up, stand, support - put up with something or somebody unpleasant; "I cannot bear his constant criticism"; "The new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarks"; "he learned to tolerate the heat"; "She stuck out two years in a miserable marriage"
furlough - grant a leave to; "The prisoner was furloughed for the weekend to visit her children"
give - allow to have or take; "I give you two minutes to respond"
consent, go for, accept - give an affirmative reply to; respond favorably to; "I cannot accept your invitation"; "I go for this resolution"
permit, tolerate, allow - allow the presence of or allow (an activity) without opposing or prohibiting; "We don't allow dogs here"; "Children are not permitted beyond this point"; "We cannot tolerate smoking in the hospital"
authorize, authorise, clear, pass - grant authorization or clearance for; "Clear the manuscript for publication"; "The rock star never authorized this slanderous biography"
grant, allow - let have; "grant permission"; "Mandela was allowed few visitors in prison"
let in, admit, include - allow participation in or the right to be part of; permit to exercise the rights, functions, and responsibilities of; "admit someone to the profession"; "She was admitted to the New Jersey Bar"
privilege, favour, favor - bestow a privilege upon
trust - allow without fear
allow in, intromit, let in, admit - allow to enter; grant entry to; "We cannot admit non-members into our club building"; "This pipe admits air"
4.let - 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"
make, get - give certain properties to something; "get someone mad"; "She made us look silly"; "He made a fool of himself at the meeting"; "Don't make this into a big deal"; "This invention will make you a millionaire"; "Make yourself clear"
5.let - leave unchanged; "let it be"
leave alone, leave behind, leave - leave unchanged or undisturbed or refrain from taking; "leave it as is"; "leave the young fawn alone"; "leave the flowers that you see in the park behind"
6.let - grant use or occupation of under a term of contract; "I am leasing my country estate to some foreigners"
give - transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody; "I gave her my money"; "can you give me lessons?"; "She gave the children lots of love and tender loving care"
sublease, sublet - lease or rent all or part of (a leased or rented property) to another person; "We sublet our apartment over the summer"


1. enable, make, allow, cause, grant, permit They let him talk.
2. allow, grant, permit, warrant, authorize, give the go-ahead, give permission, suffer (archaic), give the green light, give leave, greenlight, give the O.K. or okay (informal) Mum didn't let us have sweets very often.
3. lease, hire, rent, rent out, hire out, sublease The reasons for letting a house, or part of one, are varied.
let fly attack, assault, criticize, assail, tear into (informal), lay into, belabour, lose your temper with, tear someone off a strip, set upon or about She let fly with a stream of obscenities.
let on (Informal)
1. reveal, disclose, say, tell, admit, give away, divulge, let slip, make known, let the cat out of the bag (informal) He knows who the culprit is, but he is not letting on.
2. pretend, make out, feign, simulate, affect, profess, counterfeit, make believe, dissemble, dissimulate He's been knocking on doors, letting on he's selling encyclopedias.
let someone down disappoint, fail, abandon, desert, disillusion, fall short, leave stranded, leave in the lurch, disenchant, dissatisfy Don't worry, I won't let you down.
let someone go
1. release, free, let out, allow to leave, set free, allow to escape, turn loose They held him for three hours and then let him go.
2. make redundant, sack (informal), fire (informal), dismiss, discharge, lay off, give someone his or her P45 (informal) I have no plans to let him go.
let someone in on something allow to know about, let into, allow to share in I'm going to let you in on a little secret.
let someone loose set free, release, let go, set loose, turn loose Trainees go through a four-hour lesson before they are let loose.
let someone off excuse, release, discharge, pardon, spare, forgive, exempt, dispense, exonerate, absolve, grant an amnesty to The police let him off with a warning.
let someone out release, free, discharge, liberate, let go, set free They intend never to let her out of prison.
let something down deflate, empty, exhaust, flatten, puncture I let the tyres down on his car.
let something go or let go of something stop holding, release your grip on She let go of my hand and took a sip of her drink.
let something off
1. fire, explode, set off, discharge, detonate He had let off fireworks to celebrate the Revolution.
2. emit, release, leak, exude, give off They must do it without letting off any fumes.
let something or someone in admit, include, receive, welcome, greet, take in, incorporate, give access to, allow to enter The lattice-work lets in air, but not light.
let something out
1. release, discharge He let out his breath in a long sigh.
2. emit, make, produce, give vent to When she saw him, she let out a cry of horror.
3. reveal, tell, make known, let slip, leak, disclose, betray, let fall, take the wraps off She let out that she had seen him the night before.
let up stop, diminish, decrease, subside, relax, ease (up), moderate, lessen, abate, slacken The rain had let up.


noun (only used in phrase without let or hindrance) hindrance, restriction, obstacle, interference, constraint, prohibition, obstruction, impediment Citizens of member states should travel without let or hindrance within the EU.


1. To give one's consent to:
Informal: OK.
2. To afford an opportunity for:
3. To neither forbid nor prevent:
4. To give temporary use of in return for payment:
hire (out), lease, rent.
phrasal verb
let down
1. To cause to descend:
2. To cause unhappiness by failing to satisfy the hopes, desires, or expectations of:
phrasal verb
let in
To serve as a means of entrance for:
phrasal verb
let off
1. To discharge material, as vapor or fumes, usually suddenly and violently:
2. To free from an obligation or duty:
phrasal verb
let out
1. To discharge material, as vapor or fumes, usually suddenly and violently:
2. To remove (a liquid) by a steady, gradual process:
drain, draw (off), pump, tap.
3. To disclose in a breach of confidence:
Informal: spill.
Archaic: discover.
phrasal verb
let up
1. To grow or cause to grow gradually less:
2. To become or cause to become less active or intense:
abate, bate, die (away, down, off, or out), ease (off or up), ebb, fall, fall off, lapse, moderate, remit, slacken, slack off, subside, wane.
3. To reduce in tension, pressure, or rigidity:
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látaláta, fá til aîleigjaleyfa
darīt zināmuizīrētļaut
dať vedieť
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để cho


1 [let]
A. VT (let (pt, pp))
1. (= allow to)
1.1. (gen) → dejar (more frm) → permitir
to let sb do sthdejar or (more frm) permitir que algn haga algo, dejar or (more frm) permitir a algn hacer algo
my parents wouldn't let me go out with boysmis padres no dejaban que saliera con chicos, mis padres no me dejaban salir con chicos
let me help youdéjeme ayudarle or que le ayude
let me take your coatpermítame que tome su abrigo
let me thinkdéjame pensar, a ver que piense
don't let me forget to post the lettersrecuérdame que eche las cartas al correo
she wanted to help but her mother wouldn't let herquería ayudar, pero su madre no la dejaba
pride wouldn't let him talk about the situationsu orgullo no le permitía hablar de la situación
to let o.s. be persuadeddejarse persuadir
don't let me catch you cheating again!¡no quiero volver a pillarte haciendo trampa!, ¡que no vuelva a pillarte haciendo trampa!
you must let me be the judge of thateso tengo que juzgarlo yo
don't let me keep youno quiero entretenerle
now let me see¿a ver?, déjame que vea
it's hard work, let me tell youes mucho trabajo, te lo aseguro
see also alone A2.1
see also be A13
see also go A24
see also rip C2
1.2. (in prayers, wishes) please don't let it rainpor favor, que no llueva
don't let him die, she prayedno dejes que se muera, le pidió a Dios
2. (= cause to)
when can you let me have it?¿cuándo me lo puedes dejar?
I'll let you have it back tomorrowte lo devuelvo mañana
he really let her have it about being latele echó una buena bronca por llegar tarde
to let it be known thathacer saber que
see also slip B5
3. (+ prep, adv)
they won't let you into the countryno te dejarán entrar en el país
he let himself into the flatentró en el piso
he wouldn't let me pastno me dejaba pasar
the barrier rose to let the car throughla barrera subió para dejar pasar el coche
they wouldn't let us through the gateno nos dejaban pasar en la entrada
see also let in, let out, secret B
4. (= forming imperative)
4.1. (1st person plural)
her then boyfriend (let's call him Dave)el entonces novio suyo (llamémosle or vamos a llamarle Dave) ...
let's get out herebajémonos aquí
let's go!¡vámonos!
let's go for a walkvamos a dar un paseo
let's not or don't let's jump to conclusionsno nos precipitemos a sacar conclusiones
let us pray (frm) → oremos
if you weigh, let's say, 175 poundssi pesas, digamos, 175 libras ...
let's say I'm very pleased with the resultsdigamos que estoy muy satisfecha con los resultados
let's see, what was I saying?a ver or déjame ver, ¿qué decía yo?
"shall we eat now?" - "yes, let's"-¿comemos ahora? -sí, venga or -sí, vale
"shall we go home now?" - "yes, let's"-¿nos vamos a casa ahora? -¡sí, vamos! or -¡sí, vámonos!
4.2. (forming 3rd-person imperative) let them waitque esperen
"people may complain" - "let them"-puede que la gente se queje -pues que lo hagan
let people say what they will, we know we are rightque la gente diga lo que quiera, nosotros sabemos que tenemos razón
let that be a lesson to you!¡que eso te sirva de lección!
let there be lighthágase la luz
never let it be said thatque nunca se diga que ...
5. (Math) let X be 6supongamos que X equivale a 6
6. (esp Brit) (= rent out) → alquilar, arrendar (to a) "to let"se alquila
7. (= put)
a plaque let into a walluna lápida empotrada en una pared
8. (Med) [+ blood] → sacar
B. N
we're converting the barn for holiday letsestamos remodelando el granero para alquilarlo durante las vacaciones
long/short letalquiler m a corto/largo plazo
let away VT + ADV to let sb away with sthdejar a algn salirse con la suya, dejar a algn que se salga con la suya
let by VT + ADVdejar pasar
let down VT + ADV
1. (= lower) [+ window] → bajar; [+ hair] → soltar, dejar suelto; (on rope) → bajar
to let one's hair downsoltarse la melena
2. (= lengthen) [+ dress, hem] → alargar
3. (= deflate) [+ tyre] → desinflar
4. (fig)
4.1. (= disappoint) → defraudar; (= fail) → fallar
the weather let us downel tiempo nos defraudó
we all felt let downtodos nos sentimos defraudados
I trusted you and you let me downconfié en ti y me fallaste
I was badly let downme llevé un gran chasco
this car has never let me down yethasta ahora este coche nunca me ha fallado
my backhand lets me downel revés me falla
to let o.s. downquedar mal
to let the side down she would never let the side downjamás nos haría quedar mal, jamás nos fallaría
4.2. to let sb down gentlyamortiguarle el golpe a algn
let in VT + ADV
1. to let sb in (= allow to enter) → dejar entrar a algn; (= usher in) → hacer pasar a algn; (= open door to) → abrir la puerta a algn
who let him in?¿quién le ha dejado entrar?, ¿quién le ha abierto la puerta?
let him in!¡que pase!
your mother let me intu madre me abrió la puerta
2. (= allow to come through) shoes which let the water inzapatos que dejan calar el agua
a glass roof to let in the lightun tejado de cristal para dejar entrar la luz
3. to let sb in on sth: to let sb in on a secretcontar un secreto a algn
to let sb in on a dealdejar que algn participe en un negocio
4. to let o.s. in for sth: you don't know what you're letting yourself in forno sabes bien a lo que te estás exponiendo, no sabes bien en lo que te estás metiendo
you may find you've let yourself in for a lot of extra workpuede que encuentres que te has expuesto a un montón de trabajo extra
5. (Aut) [+ clutch] → soltar
let off
1. (= cause to explode, fire) [+ bomb] → hacer explotar; [+ firework] → tirar; [+ firearm] → disparar
2. (= release) to let off steam [boiler, engine] → soltar vapor; [person] (fig) (= release anger) → desahogarse; (= unwind) → relajarse
3. (= allow to leave) → dejar salir
they let the children off early todayhoy han dejado salir a los niños antes de la hora
4. (= exempt) → perdonar
it's your turn to do the washing up but I'll let you off this timete toca fregar a ti pero esta vez te perdono
5. (= not punish) → perdonar
to let sb off lightlyser demasiado blando con algn
the headmaster let him off with a warningel director le dejó escapar con sólo una advertencia
1. (= release from) can I let the dog off the lead?¿puedo soltar al perro?
see also hook A1
2. (= exempt) → perdonar
I'll let you off the £5 you owe mete perdono las 5 libras que me debes
the authorities let him off National Servicelas autoridades le permitieron librarse del servicio militar
let on
A. VI + ADV (= say) he's not letting onno dice nada
don't let on!¡no digas nada!, ¡no te vayas de la lengua!
don't let on (to her) about what they didno (le) digas lo que hicieron
1. to let on that
1.1. (= reveal) → decir que
she didn't let on that she'd seen meno dijo que me había visto
1.2. (= pretend) → fingir que
I let on that the tears in my eyes were because of the onionsfingí que las lágrimas que tenía en los ojos se debían a la cebolla
2. (= allow on board) → dejar subir
let out VT + ADV
1. (= allow to leave) [+ visitor] → acompañar a la puerta; [+ prisoner] → poner en libertad; [+ penned animal] → dejar salir
I'll let you outte acompaño a la puerta
the watchman let me outel vigilante me abrió la puerta (para que pudiera salir)
let me out!¡déjenme salir!
he let himself out quietlysalió sin hacer ruido
can you let yourself out?¿hace falta que te acompañe a la puerta?
they are let out of school at foursalen de la escuela a las cuatro
to let the air out of a tyredesinflar or deshinchar un neumático
to let the water out of the bathdejar salir el agua de la bañera
to let the cat out of the bagdescubrir el pastel
2. (= reveal) [+ secret, news] → contar, revelar
don't let it out thatno digas que ..., no cuentes que ...
3. (= release) → dispensar, eximir
they won't let me out of the contractno me van a dispensar or eximir de las obligaciones contractuales
4. (= enlarge) [+ dress, skirt] → ensanchar
to let out a seamsoltar una costura
5. (esp Brit) (= rent out) → alquilar
6. (= utter) to let out a cry/sighdar un grito/un suspiro
7. (Aut) [+ clutch] → soltar
let up VI + ADV
1. (= moderate) [bad weather] → mejorar; [storm, wind] → amainar
when the rain lets upcuando deje de llover tanto
2. (= do less) in spite of his health, he did not let upa pesar de su salud, no aflojó el ritmo (del trabajo, de las actividades)
she can't afford to let up on her studiesno puede permitirse aflojar en los estudios
3. (= stop) he never lets up (talking) → no deja de hablar, habla sin parar; (working) → trabaja sin descanso
4. (= show leniency) to let up on sb: though she protested, her mother would not let up on heraunque ella protestaba, su madre no cedía

Meaning "allow"
 Translate using either dejar, especially in informal contexts, or permitir, especially in more formal contexts. Both verbs can be followed either by an infinitive or by que + ((SUBJUNCTIVE)):
Let me do it Déjame hacerlo, Déjame que lo haga Let her have a look Deja que ella lo vea, Déjale verlo We must not let the children see this No debemos permitir que los niños vean esto or permitir a los niños ver esto

First person plural
 Translate let's and let us + ((VERB)) using either vamos a + ((INFINITIVE)) or using the present subjunctive of the main verb. The second construction is used particularly in formal language and when translating let's not:
Let's go for a walk! Vamos a dar un paseo Let's consider the implications of the Government's decision Consideremos las implicaciones de la decisión del Gobierno Let's not waste any more time No perdamos ya más tiempo
NOTE To translate let's go, use vamos or vámonos on its own without a following infinitive:
Let's go to the theatre ¡Vamos al teatro!
 When let's is used on its own to reply to a suggestion, translate using vamos or vámonos if the verb in the suggestion was ir. Use vale or venga if not:
"Shall we go?" - "Yes, let's" "¿Nos vamos?" - "¡Sí, vamos!" or "¡Sí, vámonos!" "Shall we watch the match?" - "Yes, let's" "¿Vemos el partido?" - "Sí, vale" or "Sí, venga"
Third person
 When let introduces a command, suggestion or wish in the third person, translate using que + ((SUBJUNCTIVE)):
Let him come up! ¡Que suba! Let there be no misunderstanding about this ¡Que no haya ningún malentendido sobre esto! Let them do as they like ¡Que hagan lo que quieran!
 Be careful to distinguish between the "permission" sense of let sb do something and the "command" sense:
Please let them stay here (i.e. Please allow them to stay) Déjalos que se queden aquí or Déjalos quedarse aquí, por favor Let them stay here! (i.e. expressing a decision or an order) ¡Que se queden aquí!
NOTE When que is used in this sense, it never takes an accent.


2 [let] N
1. (Tennis) → dejada f, let m
2. (Jur) without let or hindrancesin estorbo ni obstáculo


[ˈlɛt] [let] vt
(= allow, give permission) → laisser
to let sb do sth → laisser qn faire qch
Let me have a look → Laisse-moi voir.
My parents won't let me stay out that late → Mes parents ne me laissent pas sortir aussi tard.
Let me explain → Laissez-moi vous expliquer ...
(not prevent) to let sth happen → laisser qch se passer
People here let everyone else do the work → Ici, les gens laissent les autres faire le travail.
to let sb know sth → faire savoir qch à qn
I'll let you know as soon as possible → Je vous le ferai savoir dès que possible.
(in suggestions) let's go! → allons-y!
Let's go to the cinema! → Si on allait au cinéma?
I'm bored. Let's go home → Je m'ennuie. Rentrons.
(in commands, instructions) let him come → qu'il vienne
let that be a warning to you! → que cela vous serve d'avertissement!
let the water boil and ... → faites bouillir l'eau et ...
let's have some quiet, please → un peu de silence, s'il vous plaît
to let it slip that ..., to let slip that ... (= reveal) → laisser échapper que ...
to let sb be → laisser vivre qn (fig)
Let me be! → Laisse-moi vivre!
let alone conj (= much less) → encore moins
I can barely walk, let alone lift anything → Je peux à peine marcher, encore moins soulever quelque chose.
He can't afford his rent, let alone a holiday → Il ne peut pas payer son loyer, encore moins s'offrir des vacances.
No one was arrested, let alone prosecuted → Personne ne fut arrêté et encore moins poursuivi.
(British) [+ house, property] (= rent out) → louer
"to let" (British)louer"
let down
vt sep
[+ object, blind] (= lower) → baisser
[+ dress] → rallonger; [+ hem] → défaire
[+ hair] (lit)défaire
to let one's hair down (= relax and enjoy o.s.) → se laisser aller
(British) [+ tyre] → dégonfler
(= disappoint) → laisser tomber, décevoir
I won't let you down → Je ne vous laisserai pas tomber., Je ne vous décevrai pas.
let go
(= release one's grip) → lâcher prise
to let go of sb/sth → lâcher qn/qch
He let go of my arm → Il lâcha mon bras.
(fig) to let go of sth [+ feeling, attitude] → s'affranchir de qch
(physically) (= release hold on) [+ person] → lâcher
Let me go! → Lâche-moi!
(= release) [+ prisoner, captive] → relâcher
(= make redundant) [+ employee] → laisser partir, se séparer de
We had to let him go → Nous avons dû nous séparer de lui.
to let o.s. go (= relax) → se laisser aller
to let o.s. go (= not take care of oneself, one's looks) → se laisser aller
let in
vt sep
[+ water, light] → laisser entrer
[+ visitor, guest] → faire entrer; (into nightclub, bar, party)laisser entrer
They wouldn't let me in because I was under 18 → Ils ne m'ont pas laissé entrer parce que j'avais moins de dix-huit ans.
to let o.s. in → entrer
to let o.s. in for sth → s'exposer à qch
what have you let yourself in for? → à quoi t'es-tu engagé?
to let sb in on a secret → mettre qn dans le secret
let off
vt sep
(= not punish)
He let me off with a warning → Il m'a laissé partir avec un avertissement., Il s'en est tenu à un avertissement.
to let sb off sth → faire grâce de qch à qn
I let him off his homework → Je lui ai fait grâce de ses devoirs.
(= allow to leave) → laisser partir
[taxi driver, bus driver] [+ passenger] → déposer
[+ firework] → faire partir
[+ smell] → dégager
to let off steam (fig)se défouler
let on
vt fus
to let on that ... → dire que ...
Don't let on that → Ne dis pas que ...
let out
vt sep
[+ person] → laisser sortir; [+ cat] → laisser sortir
He lets the cat out at night → Il laisse sortir le chat la nuit.
[+ dress] → élargir
[+ scream] → laisser échapper
(= rent out) [+ house, property] → louer
[+ light, heat] → laisser s'échapper
let up
vi [rain] → se calmer; [heat] → retomber
We thought the rain would let up soon → Nous pensions que la pluie allait se calmer bientôt.let down adj (= disappointed) to feel let down → se sentir déçu(e)let-down [ˈlɛtdaʊn] n (= disappointment) → déception f


(Tennis) → Netz (→ ball m) nt
without let or hindrance (Jur) → ungehindert


n they are looking for a let in this areasie wollen eine Wohnung/ein Haus in dieser Gegend mieten; I have this house on a long letich habe dieses Haus für längere Zeit gemietet


3 pret, ptp <let>
(= permit)lassen; to let somebody do somethingjdn etw tun lassen; she let me borrow the carsie lieh mir das Auto, ich durfte ihr Auto nehmen; we can’t let that happenwir dürfen das nicht zulassen; he wants to but I won’t let himer möchte gern, aber ich lasse ihn nicht or erlaube es ihm nicht; the particle wants to escape but the magnetic force won’t let itdas Teilchen möchte sich frei machen, aber die magnetische Kraft verhindert es; oh please let mebitte, bitte, lass mich doch (mal)!; let me help youdarf ich Ihnen helfen or behilflich sein?; let me know what you thinksagen Sie mir (Bescheid) or lassen Sie mich wissen (form), → was Sie davon halten; to let oneself be seensich sehen lassen; to let somebody bejdn (in Ruhe) lassen; to let somebody/something go, to let go of somebody/somethingjdn/etw loslassen; to let somebody go (= depart)jdn gehen lassen; let me go!lassen Sie mich los!, loslassen!; I’m afraid we’ll have to let you go (euph: = dismiss) → wir müssen uns leider von Ihnen trennen; to let oneself go (= neglect oneself)sich gehen lassen; (= relax)aus sich herausgehen; to let something go (= neglect)etw vernachlässigen; to let it go at thates dabei bewenden lassen; to let somebody passjdn vorbeilassen; we’ll let it pass or go this once (= disregard, error) → wir wollen es mal durchgehen lassen ? drop, fly2, slip
(old: causative) → lassen; let the bells be runglasset die Glocken ertönen (liter); let it be known by all citizens that …allen Bürgern sei kundgetan, dass … (old); let it be known that …alle sollen wissen, dass …
to let somebody/something alonejdn/etw in Ruhe lassen; we can’t improve it any more, we’d better let it alonewir können es nicht mehr verbessern, also lassen wir es lieber so; please let me by/pastbitte, lassen Sie mich vorbei/durch; to let somebody/something throughjdn/etw durchlassen
let alone (= much less)geschweige denn
let’s go homekomm, wir gehen nach Hause; let’s go!gehen wir!; let’s get out of herebloß weg von hier!; yes, let’soh ja!; it’s late, but yes let’ses ist spät, aber na ja, einverstanden; let’s notlieber nicht; don’t let’s or let’s not fightwir wollen uns doch nicht streiten; let’s be happylass uns glücklich sein; let’s be friendswir wollen Freunde sein; let’s all be a bit more friendlyseien wir doch alle ein bisschen freundlicher; let’s look at this in more detailwir wollen das einmal genauer betrachten; let him try (it)!das soll er nur or mal versuchen!; let me think or see, where did I put it?warte mal or Moment mal, wo habe ich das nur hingetan?; let their need be never so greatmag ihre Not auch noch so groß sein; let there be musiclasst Musik erklingen; let there be peacees soll Friede sein; let there be lightes werde Licht; let us praylasst uns beten; let us suppose …nehmen wir (mal) an, dass … ? equal VI
(esp Brit: = hire out) → vermieten; “to let„zu vermieten; we can’t find a house to letwir können kein Haus finden, das zu mieten ist
to let bloodeinen Aderlass machen; they let so much of his bloodsie nahmen ihm so viel Blut ab


1 [lɛt] (let (pt, pp)) vt
a. (permit) → lasciare, permettere
to let sb past → lasciar or far passare qn
to let sb do sth → lasciar fare qc a qn, lasciare che qn faccia qc
let him come → lascialo venire
let me have a look → fammi vedere
to let sb have sth → dare qc a qn
to let sb know sth → far sapere qc a qn
don't let him get away with it (fam) → non lasciare che la passi liscia
I'll let you have it back tomorrow → te lo ridò or restituisco domani
don't let me catch or see you copying again! → che non ti peschi or sorprenda mai più a copiare!
let him alone or be → lascialo stare or in pace
to let go of sb/sth → mollare or lasciar andare qn/qc
he let me go → mi ha lasciato andare
let the water boil then ... → fate bollire l'acqua e quindi...
b. (in verb forms) let's or let us go!andiamo!
let's see, what was I saying? → dunque, cosa stavo dicendo?
let them wait → che aspettino (pure)
let that be a warning to you! → che questo ti serva di lezione!
let x=1 and y=2 → sia x=1 e y=2
c. (Brit) (rent out) → affittare, dare in affitto
"To Let" → "Affittasi"
let away vt + advlasciare andare (via)
let down vt + adv
a. (lower) → abbassare; (dress) → allungare; (hem) → allungare, lasciar giù (Brit) (tyre) → sgonfiare; (one's hair) → sciogliersi; (on rope) → calare (giù)
b. (disappoint) → deludere
that car always lets me down → quella macchina mi molla sempre in asso
let go
1. vi + advmollare
2. vt + advmollare; (allow to go) → lasciare andare
let in vt + advfar or lasciar entrare, far or lasciar passare
to let sb in → far or lasciar entrare qn
shoes which let the water in → scarpe che lasciano passare l'acqua
to let sb in for a lot of trouble → procurare or dare un mucchio di fastidi a qn
what have you let yourself in for? → in che guai or pasticci sei andato a cacciarti?
to let sb in on a secret → rivelare or confidare un segreto a qn
let into vt + prep
a. (allow in) → lasciar entrare in
b. (allow to share) to let sb intofar partecipe qn di
c. (inset) → inglobare
let off vt + adv
a. (explode) → far esplodere; (fireworks) → accendere, lasciar partire; (smell) → emettere
to let off steam (fig) (fam) → sfogarsi, scaricarsi
b. (allow to go) → lasciar andare or uscire; (not punish) → non punire
to let sb off lightly → non calcare la mano nel punire qn
to let sb off with a warning → limitarsi ad ammonire qn
c. (subj, taxi driver, bus driver) → far scendere
let on vi + adv (fam) → dire, lasciar capire
to let on to sb about sth → far capire qc a qn
to let on (that ...) → dare a intendere (che...)
let out vt + adv
a. (gen) → far or lasciare uscire; (secret) → spifferare; (news) → divulgare
don't get up, I'll let myself out → non occorre che mi accompagni alla porta
to let out a cry/sigh/scream → emettere un grido/un sospiro/un urlo
to let the air out of a tyre → sgonfiare una gomma
that lets her out → questo la esonera
b. (dress, seam) → allargare
c. (rent out) → affittare, dare in affitto
let up
1. vi + adv (bad weather) → diminuire; (talker, worker) → smettere, fermarsi
2. vt + advfar alzare


2 [lɛt] n (Tennis) → colpo nullo


(let) present participle ˈletting: past tense, past participle let verb
1. to allow or permit. She refused to let her children go out in the rain; Let me see your drawing.
2. to cause to. I will let you know how much it costs.
3. used for giving orders or suggestions. If they will not work, let them starve; Let's (= let us) leave right away!
let alone
not to mention; without taking into consideration. There's no room for all the adults, let alone the children.
let (someone or something) alone/be
to leave alone; not to disturb or worry. Why don't you let him be when he's not feeling well!; Do let your father alone.
let down
1. to lower. She let down the blind.
2. to disappoint or fail to help when necessary etc. You must give a film show at the party – you can't let the children down (noun ˈlet-down); She felt he had let her down by not coming to see her perform.
3. to make flat by allowing the air to escape. When he got back to his car, he found that some children had let his tyres down.
4. to make longer. She had to let down the child's skirt.
let fall
to drop. She was so startled she let fall everything she was carrying.
let go (of)
to stop holding (something). Will you let go of my coat!; When he was nearly at the top of the rope he suddenly let go and fell.
let in/out
to allow to come in, go out. Let me in!; I let the dog out.
let in for
to involve (someone) in. I didn't know what I was letting myself in for when I agreed to do that job.
let in on
to allow to share (a secret etc). We'll let her in on our plans.
let off
1. to fire (a gun) or cause (a firework etc) to explode. He let the gun off accidentally.
2. to allow to go without punishment etc. The policeman let him off (with a warning).
let up to become less strong or violent; to stop: I wish the rain would let up (noun ˈlet-up)
let well alone
to allow things to remain as they are, in order not to make them worse.


(let) present participle ˈletting: past tense, past participle let verb
to give the use of (a house etc) in return for payment. He lets his house to visitors in the summer.
to let
for letting. house to let.

let to, ~rent (out) to mean to allow the use of (a house etc that one owns) to (someone) in return for payment: to let / rent (out) one's flat to visitors .
rent from means to give payment for one's use of (a house etc) to (the owner): I rent my flat from a landlord who lives abroad .


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vi. permitir, dejar, conceder;
___ us govámonos;
___ us + inf.vamos a + inf;
to ___ bedejar tranquilo-a;
to ___ bloodhacer sangrar;
to ___ downdejar bajar; dejar caer; desilusionar, abandonar;
to ___ gosoltar;
to ___ indejar entrar, admitir;
to ___ outdejar salir; sultar.