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
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
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.