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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.
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.
1. To allow to be known; admit: Don't let on that you know me.
2. To pretend.
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.
1. To slow down; diminish: didn't let up in their efforts.
2. To become less severe or intense: The rain let up.
Not to mention; much less: "Their ancestors had been dirt poor and never saw royalty, let alone hung around with them" (Garrison Keillor).
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?
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.
vb (adverb, mainly tr)
1. to give vent to; emit: to let out a howl.
2. to allow to go or run free; release
3. (may take a clause as object) to reveal (a secret)
4. to make available to tenants, hirers, or contractors
5. to permit to flow out: to let air out of the tyres.
6. (Knitting & Sewing) to make (a garment) larger, as by unpicking (the seams) and sewing nearer the outer edge
a chance to escape
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|Verb||1.||let out - express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words); "She let out a big heavy sigh"; "He uttered strange sounds that nobody could understand"|
call - utter in a loud voice or announce; "He called my name"; "The auctioneer called the bids"
gibber - chatter inarticulately; of monkeys
crow - express pleasure verbally; "She crowed with joy"
crow - utter shrill sounds; "The cocks crowed all morning"
trumpet - utter in trumpet-like sounds; "Elephants are trumpeting"
coo - cry softly, as of pigeons
cry, scream, shout out, yell, squall, shout, holler, hollo, call - utter a sudden loud cry; "she cried with pain when the doctor inserted the needle"; "I yelled to her from the window but she couldn't hear me"
call - utter a characteristic note or cry; "bluejays called to one another"
shoot - utter fast and forcefully; "She shot back an answer"
gurgle - utter with a gurgling sound; "`Help,' the stabbing victim gurgled"
cry - utter a characteristic sound; "The cat was crying"
nasale - speak in a nasal voice; "`Come here,' he nasaled"
bite out - utter; "She bit out a curse"
sigh - utter with a sigh
troat - emit a cry intended to attract other animals; used especially of animals at rutting time
lift - make audible; "He lifted a war whoop"
pant - utter while panting, as if out of breath
volley - utter rapidly; "volley a string of curses"
break into - express or utter spontaneously; "break into a yodel"; "break into a song"; "break into tears"
heave - utter a sound, as with obvious effort; "She heaved a deep sigh when she saw the list of things to do"
chorus - utter in unison; "`yes,' the children chorused"
deliver - utter (an exclamation, noise, etc.); "The students delivered a cry of joy"
hoot - to utter a loud clamorous shout; "the toughs and blades of the city hoot and bang their drums, drink arak, play dice, and dance"
grunt - issue a grunting, low, animal-like noise; "He grunted his reluctant approval"
wolf-whistle - whistle or howl approvingly at a female, of males
snort - indicate contempt by breathing noisily and forcefully through the nose; "she snorted her disapproval of the proposed bridegroom"
groan, moan - indicate pain, discomfort, or displeasure; "The students groaned when the professor got out the exam booklets"; "The ancient door soughed when opened"
growl, rumble, grumble - to utter or emit low dull rumbling sounds; "he grumbled a rude response"; "Stones grumbled down the cliff"
bark - make barking sounds; "The dogs barked at the stranger"
chirr - make a vibrant noise, of grasshoppers or cicadas
quack - utter quacking noises; "The ducks quacked"
hoot - utter the characteristic sound of owls
sibilate - utter a sibilant
cackle - squawk shrilly and loudly, characteristic of hens
gobble - make a gurgling sound, characteristic of turkeys
gargle - utter with gargling or burbling sounds
caw - utter a cry, characteristic of crows, rooks, or ravens
mew - utter a high-pitched cry, as of seagulls
|2.||let out - make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret; "The auction house would not disclose the price at which the van Gogh had sold"; "The actress won't reveal how old she is"; "bring out the truth"; "he broke the news to her"; "unwrap the evidence in the murder case"|
blackwash - bring (information) out of concealment
muckrake - explore and expose misconduct and scandals concerning public figures; "This reporter was well-known for his muckraking"
blow - cause to be revealed and jeopardized; "The story blew their cover"; "The double agent was blown by the other side"
out - reveal (something) about somebody's identity or lifestyle; "The gay actor was outed last week"; "Someone outed a CIA agent"
come out of the closet, out, come out - to state openly and publicly one's homosexuality; "This actor outed last year"
spring - produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly; "He sprang these news on me just as I was leaving"
get around, get out, break - be released or become known; of news; "News of her death broke in the morning"
confide - reveal in private; tell confidentially
leak - tell anonymously; "The news were leaked to the paper"
babble out, blab, blab out, let the cat out of the bag, peach, spill the beans, tattle, babble, talk, sing - divulge confidential information or secrets; "Be careful--his secretary talks"
tell - let something be known; "Tell them that you will be late"
reveal - disclose directly or through prophets; "God rarely reveal his plans for Mankind"
|3.||let out - bring out of a specific state|
|4.||let out - make (clothes) larger; "Let out that dress--I gained a lot of weight"|
vary, alter, change - become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence; "her mood changes in accordance with the weather"; "The supermarket's selection of vegetables varies according to the season"
take in - make (clothes) smaller; "Please take in this skirt--I've lost weight"
1. To give one's consent to:
1. To discharge material, as vapor or fumes, usually suddenly and violently:
1. To discharge material, as vapor or fumes, usually suddenly and violently:
1. To grow or cause to grow gradually less:
2. To become or cause to become less active or intense:
(= allow to go out) cat, smell, air → herauslassen; (from car) → absetzen; to let oneself out → sich (dat) → die Tür aufmachen; I’ll let myself out → ich finde alleine hinaus
prisoner → entlassen, rauslassen (inf); (= divulge) news → bekannt geben, bekannt machen; secret → verraten, ausplaudern (inf); feelings → freien Lauf lassen (+dat)
(= emit) to let out a long sigh → tief seufzen; to let out a scream → einen Schrei ausstoßen; to let out a groan → (auf)stöhnen; to let one’s breath out → ausatmen
(esp Brit: = rent) → vermieten