Webster 1913 Edition
lettanto delay, to hinder, fr.
lætslow; akin to D.
lettento hinder, G.
verletzento hurt, Icel.
letjato hold back, Goth.
To retard; to hinder; to impede; to oppose.
He was so strong that no man might him
He who now
let, until he be taken out of the way.
2. Thess. ii. 7.
Mine ancient wound is hardly whole,
letsme from the saddle.
A retarding; hindrance; obstacle; impediment; delay; – common in the phrase without let or hindrance, but elsewhere archaic.
Consider whether your doings be to the
letof your salvation or not.
A stroke in which a ball touches the top of the net in passing over.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
let, p. p.
lēt, p. p.
lǣten); akin to OFries.
lētan, and L.
lassusweary. The original meaning seems to have been, to let loose, let go, let drop. Cf.
To leave; to relinquish; to abandon.
[Obs. or Archaic, except when followed by alone or be.]
He . . . prayed him his voyage for to
Yet neither spins nor cards, ne cares nor frets,
But to her mother Nature all her care she
But to her mother Nature all her care she
Letme alone in choosing of my wife.
To consider; to think; to esteem.
To cause; to make; – used with the infinitive in the active form but in the passive sense;
letmake, i. e., cause to be made;
letbring, i. e., cause to be brought
This irous, cursed wretch
Letthis knight’s son anon before him fetch.
He . . . thus
letdo slay hem all three.
lettwo coffers make.
To permit; to allow; to suffer; – either affirmatively, by positive act, or negatively, by neglecting to restrain or prevent.
☞ In this sense, when followed by an infinitive, the latter is commonly without the sign to;
as to. Sometimes there is entire omission of the verb;
letus walk, i. e., to permit or suffer us to walk
let[to be or to go] loose
Pharaoh said, I will
Ex. viii. 28.
If your name be Horatio, as I am
letto know it is.
To allow to be used or occupied for a compensation; to lease; to rent; to hire out; – often with
leta farm; to
leta house; to
To give, grant, or assign, as a work, privilege, or contract; – often with
letthe building of a bridge; to
letout the lathing and the plastering.
☞ The active form of the infinitive of let, as of many other English verbs, is often used in a passive sense; as, a house to let (i. e., for letting, or to be let). This form of expression conforms to the use of the Anglo-Saxon gerund with to (dative infinitive) which was commonly so employed. See
Gerund, 2. “ Your elegant house in Harley Street is to let.”
Thackeray.In the imperative mood, before the first person plural, let has a hortative force. “ Rise up, let us go.”
Mark xiv. 42.“ Let us seek out some desolate shade.”
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.
To soften in tempering; as, to let down tools, cutlery, and the like.–
To let flyor
To let drive
To let inor
To let into
To permit or suffer to enter; to admit.
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.
To discharge; to let fly, as an arrow; to fire the charge of, as a gun.
To release, as from an engagement or obligation.
To let out.
To allow to go forth;
to let outa prisoner
To extend or loosen, as the folds of a garment; to enlarge; to suffer to run out, as a cord.
To lease; to give out for performance by contract, as a job.
To let slide,
to let go; to cease to care for.
[Colloq.]“ Let the world slide.”
To be let or leased;
as, the farm. See note under
letsfor $500 a year
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
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To permit; to allow; to suffer; to give leave or power by a positive act, or negatively, to withhold restraint; not to prevent. A leaky ship lets water enter into the hold. Let is followed by the infinitive without the sign to.
Pharaoh said, I will let you go. Ex. 8.
When the ship was caught and could not bear up into the wind, we let her drive. Acts 27.
2.To lease; to grant possession and use for a compensation; as, to let to farm; to let an estate for a year; to let a room to lodgers; often followed by out, as, to let out a farm; but the use of out is unnecessary.
3.To suffer; to permit; with the usual sign of the infinitive.
There's a letter for you, Sir, if your name be Horatio, as I am let to know it is. [Not used.]
4.In the imperative mode, let has the following uses. Followed by the first and third persons, it expresses desire or wish; hence it is used in prayer and entreaty to superiors, and to those who have us in their power; as, let me not wander from thy commandments. Ps. 119.
Followed by the first person plural, let expresses exhortation or entreaty; as, rise, let us go.
Followed by the third person, it implies permission or command addressed to an inferior. Let him go, let them remain, are commands addressed to the second person. Let thou, or let ye, that is, do thou or you permit him to go.
Sometimes let is used to express a command or injunction to a third person. When the signal is given to engage, let every man do his duty.
When applied to things not rational, it implies allowance or concession.
O'er golden sands let rich Pactolus flow.
5.To retard; to hinder; to impede; to interpose obstructions. 2Thess. 2.
[This sense is now obsolete, or nearly so.]
To let alone, to leave; to suffer to remain without intermeddling; as, let alone this idle project; let me alone.
To let down, to permit to sink or fall; to lower.
She let them down by a cord through the window. Josh. 2.
To let loose, to free from restraint; to permit to wander at large.
To let in or into, to permit or suffer to enter; to admit. Open the door, let in my friend. We are not let into the secrets of the cabinet.
To let blood, to open a vein and suffer the blood to flow out.
To let out, to suffer to escape; also, to lease or let to hire.
To let off, to discharge, to let fly, as an arrow; or cause to explode, as a gun.