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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Dutch laten, from Old Dutch *lātan, from Proto-Germanic *lētaną.


laten ‎(past singular liet, past participle gelaten)

  1. (transitive) To leave, to cause to remain in the same position or state
    Ze lieten het zo.
    They left it like that.
  2. (auxiliary, with object) To leave, to allow to remain/continue to
    Laat dat daar maar liggen.
    Just leave it lying there.
  3. (auxiliary, with object) To let, to allow to.
    Ze lieten hem gaan.
    They let him go.
  4. (auxiliary, with object) To cause to, to make. Creates a causative phrase.
    Hij liet zijn spullen op de grond vallen.
    He dropped his stuff on the ground.
  5. (transitive) To not do, to refrain from.
    Laat dat!
    Don't do that!
Inflection of laten (strong class 7)
infinitive laten
past singular liet
past participle gelaten
infinitive laten
gerund laten n
verbal noun
present tense past tense
1st person singular laat liet
2nd person sing. (jij) laat liet
2nd person sing. (u) laat liet
2nd person sing. (gij) laat liet
3rd person singular laat liet
plural laten lieten
subjunctive sing.1 late liete
subjunctive plur.1 laten lieten
imperative sing. laat
imperative plur.1 laat
participles latend gelaten
1) Archaic.

Note: When used as an auxiliary, the past participle is just laten.

Ik heb alles laten liggen zoals het lag.
I left everything lying the way it was.
Ik heb alles gelaten zoals het lag.
I left everything the way it was.
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]



  1. Plural form of laat ‎(serf)


Low German[edit]


From Old Saxon latan.


laten (past singular leet, past participle laten, auxiliary verb hebben)

  1. (auxiliary, with an infinitive, past participle: “laten) to allow; to permit; to let
  2. (auxiliary, with an infinitive, past participle: “laten) to have someone (do something); to have (something done); to make (something happen); to cause (something to be done)
    wat maken laten — “to have something done”
    een wat doon laten — “to have someone do something”
  3. (transitive, past participle: “laten) to let; to leave
  4. (transitive, past participle: “laten) to stop (something); to quit; to refrain from; to help doing (something)
  5. (intransitive, past participle: “laten) to cease; to desist





  1. Second-person plural (ustedes) present indicative form of latir.
  2. Third-person plural (ellos, ellas, also used with ustedes?) present indicative form of latir.




  1. definite singular of lat