[let] or [lɛt]
(noun.) a serve that strikes the net before falling into the receiver's court; the ball must be served again.
(verb.) leave unchanged; 'let it be'.
(verb.) actively cause something to happen; 'I let it be known that I was not interested'.
(verb.) 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'.
(v. t.) To retard; to hinder; to impede; to oppose.
(n.) A retarding; hindrance; obstacle; impediment; delay; -- common in the phrase without let or hindrance, but elsewhere archaic.
(n.) A stroke in which a ball touches the top of the net in passing over.
(imp. & p. p.) of Let
(v. t.) To leave; to relinquish; to abandon.
(v. t.) To consider; to think; to esteem.
(v. t.) 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.
(v. t.) To permit; to allow; to suffer; -- either affirmatively, by positive act, or negatively, by neglecting to restrain or prevent.
(v. t.) 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.
(v. t.) 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.
(v. i.) To forbear.
(v. i.) To be let or leased; as, the farm lets for $500 a year. See note under Let, v. t.
v. a. . Allow, permit, suffer, give leave to, give permission to.. Lease, put to hire.
n. Hinderance, impediment, obstacle, obstruction.
SYN:Permit, allow, suffer
v.t. (B.) to prevent.—n. (law) hinderance obstruction: delay.—n. Let′ter.
v.t. 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′ting; pa.t. and pa.p. let.—n. a letting for hire.—ns. Let′ter; Let′ting.—Let alone to leave out not to mention.—adj. passive inactive—also n. (Shak.) forbearance.—Let blood to open a vein and let the blood run out; Let down to allow to fall: to bring down; Let go to cease holding: to pass by or disregard; Let in to allow to enter: to take in or swindle; Let into to admit to the knowledge of; Let off to allow to go free without punishment to excuse from payment &c.; Let on to allow a thing to be believed to pretend; Let one's self loose to let go restraint on words or actions to indulge in extravagant talk or conduct; Let out to allow to get free to let some secret become known; Let slip to allow to escape: to lose sight of; Let well alone to let things remain as they are from fear of making them worse.
- Let them turn into mechanisms, let them. 戴维·赫伯特·劳伦斯. 恋爱中的女人.
- Let them come! 欧内斯特·海明威. 丧钟为谁而鸣.
- Let it suffice h ere to state that Rutherford assumes that the greater mass of the atom consis ts o f negatively charged particles rotating about a positive nucle us. 李贝. 西洋科学史.
- And then let us be going. 欧内斯特·海明威. 丧钟为谁而鸣.
- Mr. Rochester, let me look at your face: turn to the moonlight. 夏洛蒂·勃朗特. 简·爱.
- They would not yet let me go: I must sit down and write before them. 夏洛蒂·勃朗特. 维莱特.
- Let her footstep, as she comes and goes, in these pages, be like that other footstep to whose airy fall your own heart once beat time. 威尔基·柯林斯. 白衣女人.
- I say that these monstrous laws of yours will bring a curse upon the land--God will not let such wickedness endure. 阿瑟·柯南·道尔. 福尔摩斯归来记.
- Let us enjoy five minutes of instructive conversation with her. 阿瑟·柯南·道尔. 福尔摩斯归来记.
- If I were to let her come, he said to himself, I should have to let her go again. 伊迪丝·华顿. 纯真年代.
- And letting down the side-glass to distinguish, 'Tis Crawford's, Crawford's barouche, I protest! 简·奥斯汀. 曼斯菲尔德庄园.
- Instead of letting go he drew her closer to him. 托马斯·哈代. 还乡.
- After letting all that time go by me, what good could come of it? 查尔斯·狄更斯. 荒凉山庄.
- Private enterprise, therefore, so far from bothering about the public need of housing, did nothing but corner and speculate in rents and sub-letting. 赫伯特·乔治·威尔斯. 世界史纲.
- Then, letting her hand fall on the table, she said in another tone--Yet what miserable men find such things, and work at them, and sell them! 乔治·艾略特. 米德尔马契.
- By not letting the brine get old, or by keeping plenty of salt on it, the meat could be kept in this way for several months, but would be available for use at any time. 佚名. 神奇的知识之书.
- By not letting in Mrs. Yeobright. 托马斯·哈代. 还乡.
- You're letting in a devil of a draught here! 查尔斯·狄更斯. 小杜丽.
- In the meantime, take no step without letting me know. 阿瑟·柯南·道尔. 福尔摩斯归来记.
- Christian drew a deep breath without letting it expand his body, and Humphrey said, Where has it been seen? 托马斯·哈代. 还乡.
- Papa often lets me open the letter-bag and give him out the contents. 夏洛蒂·勃朗特. 维莱特.
- Meg is a great comfort to me and lets me have jelly every night at tea its so good for me Jo says because it keeps me sweet tempered. 路易莎·梅·奥尔科特. 小妇人.
- He lets no one stand in the way of such self-gratification; but whether you are an obstacle or not remains to be seen. 弗格斯·休姆. 奇幻岛.
- Well, said Aunt Chloe, s'pose dere will; but de Lord lets drefful things happen, sometimes. 哈丽叶特·比切·斯托. 汤姆叔叔的小屋.
- She skips; she runs along regular enough till half-past eleven, and then, all of a sudden, she lets down. 马克·吐温. 傻子出国记.
- I'm glad Laurie seems so happy and busy, that he has given up smoking and lets his hair grow. 路易莎·梅·奥尔科特. 小妇人.
- Why everybody lets him alone enough, for the matter of that. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 雾都孤儿.
- Yes, Ellen was called away yesterday: she lets us call her Ellen, you know. 伊迪丝·华顿. 纯真年代.
- It not only lets occasions for thinking go unused, but it swamps thinking. 约翰·杜威. 民主与教育.
- I'm in the Lord's hands, said Tom; nothin' can go no furder than he lets it;--and thar's _one_ thing I can thank him for. 哈丽叶特·比切·斯托. 汤姆叔叔的小屋.