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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.]
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let down

vb (tr, mainly adverb)
1. (also preposition) to lower
2. to fail to fulfil the expectations of (a person); disappoint
3. (Knitting & Sewing) to undo, shorten, and resew (the hem) so as to lengthen (a dress, skirt, etc)
4. to untie (long hair that is bound up) and allow to fall loose
5. to deflate: to let down a tyre.
6. a disappointment
7. (Aeronautics) the gliding descent of an aircraft in preparation for landing
8. (Veterinary Science) the release of milk from the mammary glands following stimulation by the hormone oxytocin
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.let down - move something or somebody to a lower position; "take down the vase from the shelf"
move, displace - cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense; "Move those boxes into the corner, please"; "I'm moving my money to another bank"; "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"
reef - lower and bring partially inboard; "reef the sailboat's mast"
depress - lower (prices or markets); "The glut of oil depressed gas prices"
dip - lower briefly; "She dipped her knee"
incline - lower or bend (the head or upper body), as in a nod or bow; "She inclined her head to the student"
2.let down - fail to meet the hopes or expectations of; "Her boyfriend let her down when he did not propose marriage"
betray, fail - disappoint, prove undependable to; abandon, forsake; "His sense of smell failed him this time"; "His strength finally failed him"; "His children failed him in the crisis"
come short, fall short - fail to meet (expectations or standards)
disenchant, disillusion - free from enchantment
frustrate, scotch, thwart, foil, baffle, bilk, cross, spoil - hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge"; "foil your opponent"
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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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يَتخَلَّى عَنْيَخْذُل، يَتَخَلّى عنيُسْقِطيُطَوِّل، يُسْدِليُفْرِغ الهَواء من إطار السَّيّارَه
lade i stikkenlægge nedlukke luft udsænkeskuffe
tuottaa pettymys
draga niîurhleypa lofti úrsíkkasvíkja, bregîast
göra besviken
düş kırıklığına uğratmakhavasını indirmekhayal kırıklığına uğratmakindirmekuzatmak
làm thất vọng

w>let down

vt sep
(= lower) rope, personherunterlassen; seatherunterklappen; hair, windowherunterlassen; I tried to let him down gently (fig)ich versuchte, ihm das schonend beizubringen; to let one’s guard down (lit)seine Deckung vernachlässigen; (fig)sich aus der Reserve locken lassen
(= lengthen) dresslänger machen; hemauslassen
(= deflate) to let a tyre (Brit) or tire (US) downdie Luft aus einem Reifen lassen
(= fail to help) to let somebody downjdn im Stich lassen (over mit); the weather let us downdas Wetter machte uns einen Strich durch die Rechnung; to let the side downdie anderen im Stich lassen
(= disappoint)enttäuschen; to feel let downenttäuscht sein
to let the school/oneself downdie Schule/sich blamieren or in Verruf bringen; you’d be letting yourself down if you only got 5 out of 10es wäre unter deinem Niveau, nur 5 von 10 Punkten zu bekommen
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(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.
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let down

يَتخَلَّى عَنْ zklamat svigte enttäuschen απογοητεύω defraudar tuottaa pettymys laisser tomber iznevjeriti deludere がっかりさせる 실망시키다 teleurstellen svikte spuścić dececionar, decepcionar подвести göra besviken ทำให้ผิดหวัง hayal kırıklığına uğratmak làm thất vọng 辜负
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While the two were reclining in their chamber, Venus wishing to discover if the Cat in her change of shape had also altered her habits of life, let down a mouse in the middle of the room.
'Let down, let down thy petticoat That lets thy feet be seen.'
For the strain constantly kept up by the windlass continually keeps the whale rolling over and over in the water, and as the blubber in one strip uniformly peels off along the line called the scarf, simultaneously cut by the spades of Starbuck and Stubb, the mates; and just as fast as it is thus peeled off, and indeed by that very act itself, it is all the time being hoisted higher and higher aloft till its upper end grazes the main-top; the men at the windlass then cease heaving, and for a moment or two the prodigious blood-dripping mass sways to and fro as if let down from the sky, and every one present must take good heed to dodge it when it swings, else it may box his ears and pitch him headlong overboard.
And when she came to the meadow, she sat down upon a bank there, and let down her waving locks of hair, which were all of pure silver; and when Curdken saw it glitter in the sun, he ran up, and would have pulled some of the locks out, but she cried:
The boy cautiously let down the window a little way.
Agafea Mihalovna went out on tiptoe; the nurse let down the blind, chased a fly out from under the muslin canopy of the crib, and a bumblebee struggling on the window-frame, and sat down waving a faded branch of birch over the mother and the baby.
Don Quixote had got so far with his song, to which the duke, the duchess, Altisidora, and nearly the whole household of the castle were listening, when all of a sudden from a gallery above that was exactly over his window they let down a cord with more than a hundred bells attached to it, and immediately after that discharged a great sack full of cats, which also had bells of smaller size tied to their tails.
But when she let down her hair, which she did now and then, for she was vain of it, you saw that it was long and dark and curly; and her eyes had remained young and vivacious.
"Won't your father miss you, and look for you, and let down another rainbow for you?"
'Twas the work of but a few moments more to open the gates, let down the bridge, and admit the rest of the band; and they lot inside the town so quietly that none knew of their coming.
I had done this, and had let down my sheets, when a movement below turned my heart to ice.
The mosquito bar was drawn over her; the old woman had come in while she slept and let down the bar.