Definition of Let

Pronunciation: lĕt´tĕd
v. t.1.To retard; to hinder; to impede; to oppose.
He was so strong that no man might him let.
- Chaucer.
He who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
- 2. Thess. ii. 7.
Mine ancient wound is hardly whole,
And lets me from the saddle.
- Tennyson.
n.1.A retarding; hindrance; obstacle; impediment; delay; - common in the phrase without let or hindrance, but elsewhere archaic.
Consider whether your doings be to the let of your salvation or not.
- Latimer.
2.(Lawn Tennis) A stroke in which a ball touches the top of the net in passing over.
v. t.1.To leave; to relinquish; to abandon.
[imp. & p. p. Let (Letted (lĕt"tĕd), [Obs].); p. pr. & vb. n. Letting.]
He . . . prayed him his voyage for to let.
- Chaucer.
Yet neither spins nor cards, ne cares nor frets,
But to her mother Nature all her care she lets.
- Spenser.
Let me alone in choosing of my wife.
- Chaucer.
2.To consider; to think; to esteem.
3.To cause; to make; - used with the infinitive in the active form but in the passive sense; as, let make, i. e., cause to be made; let bring, i. e., cause to be brought.
This irous, cursed wretch
Let this knight's son anon before him fetch.
- Chaucer.
He . . . thus let do slay hem all three.
- Chaucer.
Anon he let two coffers make.
- Gower.
4.To permit; to allow; to suffer; - either affirmatively, by positive act, or negatively, by neglecting to restrain or prevent.
Pharaoh said, I will let you go.
- Ex. viii. 28.
If your name be Horatio, as I am let to know it is.
- Shak.
5.To allow to be used or occupied for a compensation; to lease; to rent; to hire out; - often with out; as, to let a farm; to let a house; to let out horses.
6.To give, grant, or assign, as a work, privilege, or contract; - often with out; as, to let the building of a bridge; to let out the lathing and the plastering.
To let alone
to leave; to withdraw from; to refrain from interfering with.
To let blood
to cause blood to flow; to bleed.
To let down
a - To lower.
b - To soften in tempering; as, to let down tools, cutlery, and the like.
To let fly
to discharge with violence, as a blow, an arrow, or stone. See under Drive, and Fly.
To let in
a - To permit or suffer to enter; to admit.
b - To insert, or imbed, as a piece of wood, in a recess formed in a surface for the purpose.
To let loose
to remove restraint from; to permit to wander at large.
To let off
a - To discharge; to let fly, as an arrow; to fire the charge of, as a gun.
b - To release, as from an engagement or obligation.
To let out
a - To allow to go forth; as, to let out a prisoner.
b - To extend or loosen, as the folds of a garment; to enlarge; to suffer to run out, as a cord.
c - To lease; to give out for performance by contract, as a job.
d - To divulge.
To let slide
to let go; to cease to care for.
- Shak.
v. i.1.To forbear.
2.To be let or leased; as, the farm lets for $500 a year. See note under Let, v. t.
To let on
to tell; to tattle; to divulge something.
To let up
to become less severe; to diminish; to cease; as, when the storm lets up.

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