• "'Let me bind up your hand.'"
    "'Let me bind up your hand.'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v let cause to move; cause to be in a certain position or condition "He got his squad on the ball","This let me in for a big surprise","He got a girl into trouble"
    • v let leave unchanged "let it be"
    • v let actively cause something to happen "I let it be known that I was not interested"
    • v let consent to, give permission "She permitted her son to visit her estranged husband","I won't let the police search her basement","I cannot allow you to see your exam"
    • v let grant use or occupation of under a term of contract "I am leasing my country estate to some foreigners"
    • v let make it possible through a specific action or lack of action for something to happen "This permits the water to rush in","This sealed door won't allow the water come into the basement","This will permit the rain to run off"
    • n let a serve that strikes the net before falling into the receiver's court; the ball must be served again
    • n LET a brutal terrorist group active in Kashmir; fights against India with the goal of restoring Islamic rule of India "Lashkar-e-Toiba has committed mass murders of civilian Hindus"
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

"He started, and let the lancet fall." "He started, and let the lancet fall."
Stood Around and Let Richard Kill Those Princes 098 Stood Around and Let Richard Kill Those Princes 098
"She wouldn't let her Ned play games at home." "She wouldn't let her Ned play games at home."
let Yer Nails Grow; Ye'll Need 'em' 097 let Yer Nails Grow; Ye'll Need 'em' 097
He Let Both Heels Fly 133 He Let Both Heels Fly 133
I Hear the Enemy, Let Us Rally--1-43-088 I Hear the Enemy, Let Us Rally--1-43-088
Let sleeping dogs lie Let sleeping dogs lie

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ancient Egyptian women used to wear perfume cones made of wax that would melt in the heat letting out a nice fragrance
    • Let A retarding; hindrance; obstacle; impediment; delay; -- common in the phrase without let or hindrance, but elsewhere archaic. "Consider whether your doings be to the let of your salvation or not."
    • Let (Lawn Tennis) A stroke in which a ball touches the top of the net in passing over.
    • Let To allow to be used or occupied for a compensation; to lease; to rent; to hire out; -- often with out; as, to let a farm; to let a house; to let out horses.
    • Let To be let or leased; as, the farm lets for $500 a year. See note under Let v. t.
    • Let To cause; to make; -- used with the infinitive in the active form but in the passive sense; as, let make, i. e., cause to be made; let bring, i. e., cause to be brought. "This irous, cursed wretch Let this knight's son anon before him fetch.""He . . . thus let do slay hem all three.""Anon he let two coffers make."
    • Let To consider; to think; to esteem.
    • Let To forbear.
    • Let To give, grant, or assign, as a work, privilege, or contract; -- often with out; as, to let the building of a bridge; to let out the lathing and the plastering.
    • Let To leave; to relinquish; to abandon. "He . . . prayed him his voyage for to let .""Yet neither spins nor cards, ne cares nor frets,
      But to her mother Nature all her care she lets ."
      "Let me alone in choosing of my wife."
    • Let To permit; to allow; to suffer; -- either affirmatively, by positive act, or negatively, by neglecting to restrain or prevent. "Pharaoh said, I will let you go.""If your name be Horatio, as I am let to know it is."
    • v. t Let lĕt To retard; to hinder; to impede; to oppose. "He was so strong that no man might him let .""He who now letteth will let , until he be taken out of the way.""Mine ancient wound is hardly whole,
      And lets me from the saddle."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Let us look at the possible origin of 'banana'. 'ba', in Egyptian mythology is the soul. 'Nana', as we all know, is another word for grandmother. So, is a banana, the grandmother of the soul?
    • let To permit or allow (to be or to do), either actively or passively; grant or afford liberty (to): followed by an infinitive without to: as, to let one do as he pleases; to let slip an opportunity.
    • let Hence also much used as a kind of imperative auxiliary, with following infinitive, to form imperative first and third persons: as, let him be accursed (literally, allow him to be accursed); let them retire at once; let us pray; let me be listened to when I speak.
    • let To furnish with leave or ability by direct action or agency; enable, cause, or make to do or to be: followed by an infinitive without to (except in the passive), or by a definitive adjective or adverb (with ellipsis of go, come, or get before the adverb): as, I will let you know my decision; let me understand your claim; to let a person in (come in or enter); to let a man out of prison.
    • let To leave; allow to remain or abide; suffer to continue or proceed.
    • let To leave the care or control of; commit or intrust; resign; relinquish; leave.
    • let To leave or transfer the use of for a consideration; put to rent or hire; farm; lease: often with out: as, to let a house to a tenant; to let out boats or carriages for hire.
    • let To cause: with an infinitive, without to, in a quasi-passive use (the original subject of the infinitive being omitted): as, to let make (cause to be made); to let call (cause to be called). It is sometimes joined with do, without change of meaning.
    • let To allow or hold to be; regard; esteem.
    • let Leave alone; do not trouble or meddle with.
    • let To bring down; cause to be depressed or lowered.
    • let In metal-working, to lower the temper of, as a tool or spring of steel which has been made flint-hard. The temper is reduced by heating, the attainment of the required degree of hardness being indicated by the color.
    • let To allow to escape one, as an expression; utter carelessly or incidentally.
    • let To pass by or disregard.
    • let To take in; cheat; swindle; involve in something undesirable: as, he let me in for ten dollars.
    • let To discharge with an explosion, as a fire-cracker.
    • let To allow to escape, as a confined fluid or a secret.
    • let To extend by lessening a seam or a tuck, as a garment or a sail.
    • let To make narrower, as a seam; remove wholly or in part, as a tuck.
    • let To allow to slip away or escape; suffer to be lost.
    • let Synonyms Rent, Lease, etc. See hire.
    • let To permit or allow something to be done, occur, etc.: in certain colloquial phrases. See below.
    • let To be rented or leased: as, this house lets for so much a year.
    • let To pretend; feign; affect: as, let on that you did not hear.
    • let To strike out.
    • let To be dismissed or concluded: as, school lets out at three.
    • let Also used imperatively.
    • n let A letting for hire or rent.
    • let To delay; retard; hinder; prevent; stop.
    • let To delay; hesitate; waver; be slow.
    • let To forbear; cease; leave off.
    • let To be a hindrance; stand in the way.
    • n let A retarding; hindrance; obstacle; impediment; delay: now currently used only in the tautological phrase “without let or hindrance.”
    • n let A diminutive suffix, as in bracelet, hamlet, rivulet, etc., and other words from or based upon the French. It is also used as a purely English formative, as in armlet, kinglet, notelet, ringlet, etc., being often merely humorous. In eyelet and some other words the termination -let is not original.
    • let In cricket, to miss a chance of catching (a hatsman) out.
    • n let In lawn-tennis, hand-tennis, and other games played with a net, a service-ball which strikes the top of the net and then goes into the proper court; also, any unforeseen or accidental hindrance of a like nature which the umpire may on appeal so designate.
    • n let Abbreviations of Lettish.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The most used line in the movies is "Lets get out of here."
    • v.t Let let to slacken or loose restraint upon: to give leave or power to: to allow, permit, suffer: to grant to a tenant or hirer: to cause (with infin. without to)
    • pr.p Let let′ting; pa.t. and pa.p. let
    • n Let a letting for hire
    • adj Let passive, inactive
    • v.t Let let (B.) to prevent
    • n Let (law) hinderance, obstruction: delay
    • n Let (Shak.) forbearance
    • ***


  • Vernon Grounds
    Vernon Grounds
    “Let's not be narrow, nasty, and negative.”
  • Pat Riley
    “Don't let other people tell you what you want.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “Let the path be open to talent.”
  • Robert E. Lee
    “Let the tent be struck.”
  • Will Rogers
    “Lord, let me live until I die.”
  • Alexander Clark
    Alexander Clark
    “Let us watch well our beginnings, and results will manage themselves.”


Let alone - This is used to emphasise how extreme something could be: 'We hadn't got the money to phone home, let alone stay in a hotel.' This emphasises the utter impossibility of staying in a hotel.
Let bygones be bygones - If people decide to let bygones be bygones, they decide to forget old problems or grievances they have with each other.
Let sleeping dogs lie - If someone is told to let sleeping dogs lie, it means that they shouldn't disturb a situation as it would result in trouble or complications.
Let the best be the enemy of the good - If the desire for an unattainable perfection stops someone from choosing good possibilities, they let the best be the enemy of the good.
Let the cat out of the bag - If you accidentally reveal a secret, you let the cat out of the bag.
Let the chips fall where they may - This means that we shouldn't try to control events, because destiny controls them.
Let the devil take the hindmost - This idiom means that you should think of yourself and not be concerned about other people; look after yourself and let the devil take the hindmost.
Let the genie out of the bottle - If people let the genie out of the bottle, they let something bad happen that cannot be put right or controlled.
Let the grass grow round your feet - If you let the grass grow round your feet, you delay doing things instead of taking action.
Let your guard down - If you let your guard down, you relax and stop looking out for danger.
Live and let live - If you live and let live, you accept other people as they are, although they may have a different way of life.
Sleep well- don't let the bedbugs bite - This is a way of wishing someone a good night's sleep.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. leten, læten,past tense lat, let, p. p. laten, leten, lete,), AS. lǣtan,past tense lēt, p. p. lǣten,); akin to OFries. lēta, OS. lātan, D. laten, G. lassen, OHG. lāzzan, Icel. lāta, Sw. låta, Dan. lade, Goth. lētan, and L. lassus, weary. The original meaning seems to have been, to let loose, let go, let drop. Cf. Alas Late Lassitude Let to hinder


In literature:

Come, aunt, if we must discuss this matter let us do it at any rate fairly.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
Let's let well enough alone and be thankful for the blessings we've got.
"Dixie Hart" by Will N. Harben
And if anybody wants to read it, let him.
"Fantasia of the Unconscious" by D. H. Lawrence
Let it work, let it out.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
Let's let the line run through our hands.
"Fitz the Filibuster" by George Manville Fenn
Now then, let me see; let me see.
"The Ocean Cat's Paw" by George Manville Fenn
You let me alone, and I'll let you alone.
"Sappers and Miners" by George Manville Fenn
Let me see; what did some one say about the employment of boys?
"To The West" by George Manville Fenn
In some cases the disease may be obstinate; but at least let a fair trial be given to our treatment before giving up a limb.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
Let profession of atheism be death by a law, and let the law be executed, and the name will soon die.
"Aurelian" by William Ware

In poetry:

Thus let me live, unseen, unknown;
Thus unlamented let me die;
Steal from the world, and not a stone
Tell where I lye.
"Ode on Solitude" by Alexander Pope
To all thy people let me be,
A pattern of true piety,
And let me ever spend my days
In things, that tend unto thy praise.
"A Prayer For Mr. Samuel Prichard, The Author's Son" by Rees Prichard
Still let me follow thee; still let me hear
The voice of Wisdom, ere the silver chord
By Death's cold hand be loosen'd.
"Daniel. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More
O let me, when thy roof my soul hath hid,
O let me roost and nestle there:
Then of a sinner thou art rid,
And I of hope and fear.
"The Temper" by George Herbert
“’No, let it lie, and let the wave
Roll over it for evermore;
Whelmed where the sailor hath his grave—­
The sea her store.
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
Let others pass October by,
Or dreary call its hours, or chill;
Let poets always sing of Spring,
My praise shall be of Autumn still.
"Autumn And Sunset" by Mary Ann H T Bigelow

In news:

Most of you said you would let the bank know what was going on because of karma.
Although she's an art school dropout, Phoebe Carpenter Eels hasn't let that fact stop her from transitioning into a full-time artist.
Family compund is artfully remodeled to let the sunshine in.
The battery driver that let Marshall leave the hospital is being tested on about 50 US patients by SynCardia.
The battery driver that let Marshall leave the hospital is being tested on about 50 US patients by SynCardia, its manufacturer.
Let's put the Jan 11 Point of View piece "Lofty subsidies for arts education" by Max Borders into perspective.
Let the good times roll and bring Bourbon Street to Cincinnati at the Cincinnati Art Museum's Arty Mardi Gras Party.
Michelle Obama started Let's Move to tackle childhood obesity two years ago.
Let's get one thing straight: You will see Seven Psychopaths.
As the company has let go of some of the old guard, it has been interesting to watch how each person leaving has handled his or her exit.
And we will have let it happen, unless "the people" stop it in the little time that's left.
State Should `Step Aside ' and Let Locals Restore Salton Sea.
The employees in this video had an opportunity to let their motorcycle dealership get robbed, but instead of standing by, they fought back.
People are so afraid of letting go and losing who they have been.
But Saturday, on the eve of Veterans Day, nearly 100 people from the Salinas area came to a rededication ceremony for Bataan Memorial Park to let Rose know they remember and will not let others forget.

In science:

Let M be a hyperkahler manifold, and let Hα : M → R (α = 1, 2, 3) be assigned smooth functions; let ϑ be the form defined by (2).
Hyperhamiltonian dynamics
Let G = (V , E ) be a finite or countably infinite graph as above; let Ω = {0, 1}E , and let F be the σ -field of Ω generated by the finitedimensional cylinders.
The Random-Cluster Model
Let Ω be a simply-connected bounded C ω domain and let ρ be a C ω density. i) Let SN be the orthogonal projection for the inner product h, i∂Ω,ρ.
Equilibrium distribution of zeros of random polynomials
Let f : X → Z be a contraction of nonsingular varieties, let D be a divisor on Z , and let R be a very exceptional divisor on X .
On Zariski decomposition problem
Let X be a contractible open subset of Rk , let Aut(Mn ) be the automorphism group of Mn and let Der(Mn ) be the derivations of Mn .
Deformation Quantization of Endomorphism Bundles