let on


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v let on make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret "The auction house would not disclose the price at which the van Gogh had sold","The actress won't reveal how old she is","bring out the truth","he broke the news to her","unwrap the evidence in the murder case"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: This may have been true on an older $5 bill, but I just scanned in one of the new ones and took a real close look and found nothing. If anyone finds it on an old one, please send in a pic or let me know.
    • Let on to allow a thing to be believed, to pretend
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  • Charles F. Kettering
    “If a fellow wants to be a nobody in the business world, let him neglect sending the mail man to somebody on his behalf.”
  • Mark Twain
    “On with dance, let joy be unconfined, is my motto; whether there's any dance to dance or any joy to unconfined.”
  • Ivan Benson
    Ivan Benson
    “Resolve to make each day the very best and don't let anyone get in your way. If they do, step on them.”
  • Nelson Mandela
    Nelson Mandela
    “Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.”
  • Marcus Aurelius
    “Let not your mind run on what you lack as much as on what you have already.”
  • Corrie Ten Boom
    Corrie Ten Boom
    “Let God's promises shine on your problems.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. lǽtan, to permit, pt.t. lét, leót, pp. læten; Ger. lassen, Fr. laisser, to permit.


In literature:

Let the baker know to call on Monday next week.
"My Friend Smith" by Talbot Baines Reed
At last he rose and laid the stethoscope carefully on the table, letting his fingers linger over the task.
"More About Peggy" by Mrs G. de Horne Vaizey
We stand on the bank; let us trust ourselves to its broad bosom.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
Come on; let's go and sit on the bowsprit again.
"Fitz the Filibuster" by George Manville Fenn
Here, let me pull in your bait and pat a proper one on.
"Sail Ho!" by George Manville Fenn
There, come on, and let's take them some fish; and I want to get on my dry clothes.
"Sappers and Miners" by George Manville Fenn
As our inn was not far off, I asked my uncle to let me run on and get the fiddle, and take it down to the boat.
"Paddy Finn" by W. H. G. Kingston
Lay one wrung out of lukewarm water on it; let the patient lie down on this.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
But still I wouldn't let on.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
We've smashed the enemy on the right; let the 'Hussars of Junin' do the same on the left.
"At the Point of the Sword" by Herbert Hayens

In poetry:

Soft on the neck of either dove
Love's hands let slip the reins:
And while we look for light of love
Love's twilight wanes.
"Before Sunset" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
To Him who around and before
Is, whether thou rest or roam,
To Him let thy thoughts upsoar,
Be thou on the road or at home.
"Pour Out Thy Heart" by Shlomo ibn Gabirol
"O haud your tongue, father," she says,
"And let be till to-morrow;
A better lord there coudna be
Than he that died on Yarrow."
"The Braes O' Yarrow" by Henry Morley
Let them, at's enterin on life
Be worried wi' its cares;
We've tasted booath its joys an strife,
They're welcome nah to theirs.
"Sixty An Sixteen" by John Hartley
Now let me praise the Lord,
The Lord, the Maker of all!
I will praise Him on timbrel and chord;
Will praise Him, whatever befall.
"A Te Deum" by Alfred Austin
But back they rush like wolves on sheep;
Hear Cameron's voice again—
"Lord, take the ripe unto Thyself,
And let the green remain."
"Cameron's Stone" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

Before you finalize your plan to act on the items highlighted on 2011 restaurant trend lists, let's go back and see who made the smartest calls about 2010.
Before you finalize your plan to capitalize on the items you've seen mentioned on the 2011 crop of restaurant trend lists, let's go back and see who made the smartest calls about 2010.
Clicking on one of the messages on the left side will let you see the whole conversation on the right side.
You know more than you let on early this week.
Slipknot had teased that a big announcement was coming on Monday, June 4, via their Twitter page on Saturday (June 2), but it looks like the folks at Ticketmaster have let the news … slip.
Now let me be the first to say that I am not a fan of being on crazy rides, but I just had to put this up for that much needed laugh on today.
The findings were reported in the Nov 30 edition of the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B and it's even more fascinating than that sentence lets on, because synchronizing hatchings is complicated.
On Feb 8 the tournament-bound team grabbed the Taunton Tigers by the tail and refused to let go, skating to an impressive 7-0 shutout on Senior Night at the Kennedy Rink.
He told reporters today that he was much sicker than his reps let on.
She said she applied to appear on the show to raise awareness on transgender issues and let other transgender people know that they're not alone.
Residents of unincorporated Shelby County who are unable to attend one of the public meetings on a proposed trash-collection plan can still let officials know where they stand on the idea by filling out a form on the county's website.
On the morning of October 5, 1984, Lisa Pickett, 14, let her three cats outside of her mother's condo on West University Drive in Tempe, east of Hardy.
YouTube on Thursday introduced an " unlisted " video option that will let people opt-out of showing up in search results or on other sections of the video site.
JetBlue didn't disclose any information on the case, saying it will let "people speak on their own behalf.".
The Eagles committed three turnovers on three straight possessions at one point and then fumbled a kickoff when defensive lineman Cedric Thornton let the ball fall through his hands on a short kick.

In science:

Let f : X ֒→ Pn be a hypersurface of degree l, and let H denote the hyperplane class, either on Pn or on X .
Some applications of localization to enumerative problems
Let on be its eigenvalues (we suppose the spectrum of O to be purely discrete and non–degenerate), and |on i the corresponding eigenvectors.
A General Argument Against the Universal Validity of the Superposition Principle
In particular, let G be a compact Lie group acting smoothly on a complete locally convex algebra A, and let H = Rep(G) ⊂ C ∞ (G) be the Hopf algebra of representable functions on G .
Equivariant Cyclic Cohomology of H-Algebras
Let On (F ) ⊂ GLn (F ) be the group of orthogonal matrices.
Generic algebras with involution of degree 8m
Let i and j refer to two nearest neighbour sites on the lattice and let Si and Sj be the spins on these lattice sites.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem