- [let](past tense and past participle let) verb1) [T] to allow something to happen, or to allow someone to do somethingAlice's mum won't let her come with us.[/ex]I stepped back and let him pass.[/ex]The large windows let in a lot of light.[/ex]2) [T] used for offering to do somethingHere, let me help you.[/ex]3) [I/T] Britishto rent a room, flat, house etc to someoneThere are three flats to let (= available to be rented) in the building.[/ex]He's let his cottage to some people from London.[/ex]•let alone — used for saying that something is even less likely to happen than another unlikely thing[/ex]I hardly have time to think these days, let alone relax.[/ex]let sb go — 1) to allow a person or animal to go free (= release)[/ex]The police had to let her go because of insufficient evidence.[/ex]
— 2) informalto officially tell someone that they can no longer work at a jobWe have had to let several staff go.[/ex]let (sb/sth) go — to stop holding someone or something[/ex]Let me go![/ex]Reluctantly, he let go of her arm.[/ex]let sth go/pass — to not react to something annoying that someone says[/ex]The remark made me furious, but I let it pass.[/ex]let sb have it — informal to attack or criticize someone severely[/ex]let sb know — to tell someone something[/ex]Let us know what time your plane arrives.[/ex]let sb know — to tell someone something[/ex]Let me know when he arrives.[/ex]let's — 1) used for suggesting that you and one or more other people do something[/ex]Let's eat now.[/ex]
— 2) let's face it used for saying that someone must admit that a situation existsLet's face it - he just can't do this job.[/ex]
— 3) let's hope used for saying that you hope something is true or will happenLet's hope she never finds out the truth.[/ex]
— 4) let's say/suppose (that) used for suggesting that a possible situation needs to be consideredLet's say you lose. What will you do then?[/ex]let's see — 1) used for suggesting that you and one or more other people should find the answer to something[/ex]Let's see if it works.[/ex]
— 2) let's see; let me see spokenused for saying that you need a moment to think about somethingLet's see - where was I?[/ex]let yourself go — informal 1) to relax and stop trying to control your emotions or behaviour; 2) to stop caring about your health or appearance[/ex]He's really let himself go in the past few years.[/ex]- let sb down- let sb in- let sb in on sth- let sb off- let on- let sb/sth out- let sth out- let up
Dictionary for writing and speaking English. 2014.