let
I. transitive verb (letted; letted or let; letting) Etymology: Middle English letten, from Old English lettan to delay, hinder; akin to Old High German lezzen to delay, hurt, Old English lǣt late Date: before 12th century archaic hinder, prevent II. noun Date: 12th century 1. something that impedes ; obstruction <
ruled his little world without hindrance or let — B. F. Reilly
>
2. a shot or point in racket games that does not count and must be replayed III. verb (let; letting) Etymology: Middle English leten, from Old English lǣtan; akin to Old High German lāzzan to permit, and perhaps to Lithuanian lėnas tranquil Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. to cause to ; make <
let me know
>
2. a. chiefly British to offer or grant for rent or lease <
let rooms
>
b. to assign especially after bids <
let a contract
>
3. a. to give opportunity to or fail to prevent <
live and let live
>
<
a break in the clouds let us see the summit
>
<
let the opportunity slip
>
b. — used in the imperative to introduce a request or proposal <
let us pray
>
c. — used as an auxiliary to express a warning <
let him try
>
4. to free from or as if from confinement <
let out a scream
>
<
let blood
>
5. to permit to enter, pass, or leave <
let them through
>
<
let them off with a warning
>
6. to make an adjustment to <
let out the waist
>
intransitive verb 1. chiefly British to become rented or leased 2. to become awarded to a contractor Synonyms: see hire

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