let

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See also: Let, -let, lét, lèt, lët, lêt, łęt, Łęt, and лет

English[edit]

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Alternative forms[edit]

  • lett (archaic)
  • lettest (2nd person singular simple present and simple past; archaic)
  • letteth (3rd person singular simple present; archaic)

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English leten, læten, from Old English lǣtan (to allow, let go, bequeath, leave, rent), from Proto-West Germanic *lātan, from Proto-Germanic *lētaną (to leave behind, allow), from Proto-Indo-European *leh₁d- (to let, leave behind).

Verb[edit]

let (third-person singular simple present lets, present participle letting, simple past let or (obsolete) leet, past participle let or (obsolete) letten)

  1. (transitive) To allow to, not to prevent (+ infinitive, but usually without to).
    After he knocked for hours, I decided to let him come in.
  2. (transitive) To leave.
    Let me alone!
  3. (transitive) To allow the release of (a fluid).
    The physicians let about a pint of his blood, but to no avail.
  4. (transitive) To allow possession of (a property etc.) in exchange for rent.
    I decided to let the farmhouse to a couple while I was working abroad.
    • 1965, Roger Miller (lyrics and music), “King Of The Road”:
      Trailers for sale or rent, rooms to let, fifty cents.
  5. (transitive) To give, grant, or assign, as a work, privilege, or contract; often with out.
    to let the building of a bridge;  to let out the lathing and the plastering
  6. (transitive) Used to introduce an imperative in the first or third person.
    Let's put on a show!
    Let us have a moment of silence.
    Let me just give you the phone number.
    Let P be the point where AB and OX intersect.
  7. (transitive, obsolete except with know) To cause (+ bare infinitive).
    Can you let me know what time you'll be arriving?
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, chapter IV, in Le Morte Darthur, book IV:
      Soo within a whyle kynge Pellinore cam with a grete hoost / and salewed the peple and the kyng / and ther was grete ioye made on euery syde / Thenne the kyng lete serche how moche people of his party ther was slayne / And ther were founde but lytel past two honderd men slayne and viij knyȝtes of the table round in their pauelions
      (please add an English translation of this quote)
    • 1818, John Keats, "To—":
      Time's sea hath been five years at its slow ebb, / Long hours have to and fro let creep the sand [].
Usage notes[edit]
  • The use of “let” to introduce an imperative may sometimes be confused with its use, as its own imperative, in the sense of “to allow”. For example, the sentence “Let me go to the store.” could either be a second-person imperative of “let” (addressing someone who might prevent the speaker from going to the store) or a first-person singular imperative of “go” (not implying any such preventer).
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Noun[edit]

let (plural lets)

  1. The allowing of possession of a property etc. in exchange for rent.
    • 1854, Charles Dickens, Christmas Stories[1], page 317:
      Then he says “You would call it a Good Let, Madam?”
      “O certainly a Good Let sir.”

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English letten (to hinder, delay), from Old English lettan (to hinder, delay”; literally, “to make late), from Proto-West Germanic *lattjan, from Proto-Germanic *latjaną. Akin to Old English latian (to delay), Dutch letten, Old English læt (late). More at late, delay.

Verb[edit]

let (third-person singular simple present lets, present participle letting, simple past letted, past participle let)

  1. (archaic) To hinder, prevent, impede, hamper, cumber; to obstruct (someone or something).
  2. (obsolete) To prevent someone from doing something; also to prevent something from happening.
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Acts 8:
      And as they went on their waye, they cam unto a certayne water, and the gelded man sayde: Se here is water, what shall lett me to be baptised?
  3. (obsolete) To tarry or delay.

Noun[edit]

let (plural lets)

  1. An obstacle or hindrance.
    • 1567 Arthur Golding; Ovid's Metamorphoses Bk. 3 Lines 60-1
      And Cadmus saw his campanie make tarience in that sort
      He marveld what should be their let, and went to seeke them out.
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 16, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes [], book II, London: [] Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount [], OCLC 946730821:
      Paulus Emilius going to the glorious expedition of Macedon, advertised the people of Rome during his absence not to speake of his actions: For the licence of judgements is an especiall let in great affaires.
    • 1552, Hugh Latimer, the third sermon preached on the twenty-first Sunday after Trinity
      Consider whether your doings be to the let of your salvation or not.
  2. (tennis) The hindrance caused by the net during serve, only if the ball falls legally.
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Czech[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Deverbal of letět.

Noun[edit]

let m

  1. flight (the act of flying)
Declension[edit]
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.

Noun[edit]

let

  1. genitive plural of léto

Further reading[edit]

  • let in Příruční slovník jazyka českého, 1935–1957
  • let in Slovník spisovného jazyka českého, 1960–1971, 1989

Danish[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Norse léttr, from Proto-Germanic *linhtaz, cognate with Swedish lätt, English light and German leicht.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

let (plural and definite singular attributive lette)

  1. light (not heavy)
  2. easy
  3. slight
  4. mild
Inflection[edit]
Inflection of let
Positive Comparative Superlative
Common singular let lettere lettest2
Neuter singular let lettere lettest2
Plural lette lettere lettest2
Definite attributive1 lette lettere letteste
1) When an adjective is applied predicatively to something definite, the corresponding "indefinite" form is used.
2) The "indefinite" superlatives may not be used attributively.
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Adverb[edit]

let

  1. lightly
  2. easily
  3. slightly
  4. mildly

Etymology 2[edit]

Abbreviation of letmælk.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

let c (singular definite letten, plural indefinite let)

  1. low-fat milk
Inflection[edit]
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Etymology 3[edit]

See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

let

  1. imperative of lette

Etymology 4[edit]

See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

let

  1. past participle of le

Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

let

  1. first-, second- and third-person singular present indicative of letten
  2. imperative of letten

Anagrams[edit]


French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English let.

Pronunciation[edit]

Interjection[edit]

let

  1. (tennis) indicates a let on service

Further reading[edit]


Friulian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin lēctus, perfect passive participle of legō.

Verb[edit]

let

  1. past participle of lei (read)

Gothic[edit]

Romanization[edit]

lēt

  1. Romanization of 𐌻𐌴𐍄

Irish[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Contraction[edit]

let (triggers lenition)

  1. (Munster) Contraction of le do (with your sg).
    let thoilplease

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Norse litr (colour), related to líta (to see)

Noun[edit]

let m (definite singular leten, indefinite plural leter, definite plural letene)

  1. colour
Synonyms[edit]
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Verb[edit]

let

  1. imperative of lete

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Norse litr (colour), from Proto-Germanic *wlitiz, *wlituz. Related to Old Norse líta (to see)

Alternative forms[edit]

Noun[edit]

let m (definite singular leten, indefinite plural leter or letar, definite plural letene or letane)

  1. colour
    Synonym: farge
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Verb[edit]

let

  1. present tense of la
  2. present tense of lata and late
  3. past tense of la
  4. past tense of lata and late

Etymology 3[edit]

Verb[edit]

let

  1. imperative of leta and lete

Further reading[edit]

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Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From lètjeti.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

lȇt m (Cyrillic spelling ле̑т)

  1. flight

Declension[edit]

Related terms[edit]

References[edit]

  • let” in Hrvatski jezični portal

Slovene[edit]

Etymology[edit]

See the verb leteti (to fly)

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

lȅt m inan

  1. flight

Inflection[edit]

Masculine inan., hard o-stem
nom. sing. lèt
gen. sing. léta
singular dual plural
nominative lèt léta léti
accusative lèt léta léte
genitive léta létov létov
dative létu létoma létom
locative létu létih létih
instrumental létom létoma léti

Tok Pisin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English leather.

Noun[edit]

let

  1. leather
  2. strap (of leather)
  3. belt

Westrobothnian[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Norse litr, from Proto-Germanic *wlitiz, *wlituz (appearance, look, aspect), from Proto-Indo-European *wel- (to see).

Noun[edit]

let m

  1. colour
  2. complexion
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Etymology 2[edit]

Verb[edit]

let

  1. preterite singular of låt