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lest

 (lĕst)
conj.
1. For fear that: tiptoed lest the guard should hear her; anxious lest he become ill.
2. So that someone or something not; in case someone or something might: "Lest anyone forget, adolescence is purgatory" (Jon Pareles).

[Middle English, from Old English (thȳ) lǣs the, (whereby) less that, so that not : lǣs, less; see less + the, relative conjunction; see to- in Indo-European roots.]

lest

(lɛst)
conj (subordinating; takes should or a subjunctive verb)
1. so as to prevent any possibility that: he fled the country lest he be captured and imprisoned.
2. (after verbs or phrases expressing fear, worry, anxiety, etc) for fear that; in case: he was alarmed lest she should find out.
[Old English the lǣste, earlier thӯ lǣs the, literally: whereby less that]

lest

(lɛst)

conj.
1. for fear that; so that (one) should not: I used notes lest faulty memory should lead me astray.
2. that (used after words expressing fear, danger, etc.): We worried lest the plan become known.
[before 1000; Middle English leste, late Old English the lǣste, earlier thȳ lǣs the literally, whereby less that =thȳ (see the2) + lǣs less + the relative particle)]
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lest

conjunction in case, in order to avoid, for fear that, in order to prevent I was afraid to open the door lest he should follow me.
Translations
لِئلا، خِشْيَةَ أن
že by snad
i tilfælde af
etteijottei
ef; aî
ne
ka nelai ne
že by snáď
-ecek diye-masın diye

lest

[lest] CONJ (frm or liter)
1. (= in order to prevent) → para que no + subjun
lest we forgetpara que no nos olvidemos, no sea que nos olvidemos
lest he catch me unpreparedpara que no me coja or (LAm) agarre desprevenido
2. (= in case) I feared lest he should falltemía que fuera a caerse
I didn't do it lest somebody should objectno lo hice por miedo a que alguien pusiera peros

lest

[ˈlɛst] conjde peur de + infin, de peur que + subj
lest he should follow me → de peur qu'il (ne) me suive

lest

conj (form)
(= for fear that)aus Furcht, dass; (= in order that … not)damit … nicht; (= in case)für den Fall, dass; I didn’t do it lest somebody should objectich habe es aus Furcht, dass jemand dagegen sein könnte, nicht getan; lest we forgetdamit wir nicht vergessen
(after fear, be afraid etc) → dass; I was frightened lest he should fallich hatte Angst, dass er fallen könnte

lest

[lɛst] conj (old) (frm) → nel timore che + sub, per paura che + sub
lest we forget → per non dimenticare

lest

(lest) conjunction
in case. He was scared lest he should fail his exam.
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