There are 2 main translations of let in Spanish:

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(present participle/participio presente letting past tense & past participle/pasado y participio pasado, let)

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 (no pass) 1.1 (allow to) dejarto let sb/sth + infinitive/infinitivo let the water run deja correr el agua she lets them do what they like los deja hacer lo que quieren let her speak déjala hablar he let his hair grow se dejó crecer el pelo let me help you deja que te ayude don't let the fire go out no dejes apagar el fuego, no dejes que se apague el fuego don't let me keep you no te quiero entretener let me see ¿a ver?, deja or déjame ver her pride won't let her admit she made a mistake su orgullo no le permite reconocer que cometió un error you shouldn't let her talk to you like that no deberías permitir que te hable así don't let me catch you here again! ¡que no te vuelva a pescar por aquí! be 1 5 1 drop 3 3
    Example sentences
    • He doesn't let his busy schedule prevent him from visiting Scotland regularly.
    • The padding helps prevent soreness and lets you spend more time on the saddle.
    • But his boss won't let him leave - at least not until he completes one final contract.
    1.2 (cause to, make)to let sb/sth + infinitive/infinitivo let me have your answer tomorrow! dame la respuesta or contéstame mañana let me know if there are any problems avísame si hay algún problema he let it be known that … hizo saber que … don't let it be known that …! que no se sepa que …, que nadie se entere de que … don't clean it: let him do it! no lo limpies, deja que lo haga él
    Example sentences
    • Torches lined the stairs, and an occasional stained-glass window let in some light.
    • They let heat in but prevent it from getting out.
    • The following morning I'm woken up nice and early by the builders letting themselves in to the apartment.
  • 2 2.1 (+ adverb complement/+ adverbio predicativo) to let sth/sb by o past dejar pasar algo/a algn they stood aside and let him by o past se apartaron para dejarlo pasar let me through! I'm a doctor déjenme pasar, soy médico she won't let the dog in the house no deja que el perro entre en la casa she let herself into the house abrió la puerta y entró en la casa they weren't let on board the ship no los dejaron or no les permitieron subir a bordo see alsolet in, let off, let out 2.2 [Medicine/Medicina] to let sb's blood hacerle* una sangría a algn
  • 3 Used to form 1st pers pl imperative 3.1 (in suggestions) let's go vamos, vámonos let's ask Chris vamos a preguntarle a Chris, preguntémosle a Chris let's play dominoes! — yes, let's ¿por qué no jugamos al dominó? — ¡buena idea! don't let's olet's not argue no discutamos 3.2 (in requests, proposals, commands) if we were to sell it for, let's olet us say $500 si lo vendiéramos por, un suponer or digamos, $500 let's be honest! ¡vamos a decir la verdad!, ¡seamos honestos! let's be quite clear about this que esto quede bien claro let us pray [formal] oremos
  • 4 Used to form 3rd pers imperative, gen translated by que + subjunctive/subjuntivo in Spanish 4.1 (in commands) let the show begin que empiece el espectáculo let that be a lesson to you que te sirva de lección never let it be said that … que no se diga que … let there be light [Bible] hágase la luz 4.2 (expressing defiance, warning, threat) let them think what they like! ¡que piensen lo que quieran! just let her/them try! ¡que se atreva/atrevan! 4.3 (in suppositions) let x equal 4 supongamos que x es igual a 4
  • 5 (rent) (especially British English/especialmente inglés británico) alquilar to let sth to sb alquilarle algo a algn to let se alquila

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • (especially British English/especialmente inglés británico) [room/office] alquilarse
    Example sentences
    • Letters have been sent to solicitors and letting agents after police found people are letting properties for themselves then sub-letting them to prostitutes.
    • The council also wants to start targeting private landlords in a bid to encourage them to consider letting their properties to people receiving housing benefit.
    • She will take charge of letting the property in the future.

Phrasal verbs

let down

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento 1.1 (lower) [rope/bucket] bajar to let sb down gently suavizarle* el golpe a algn she'd fallen in love with someone else, but she did her best to let him down gently se había enamorado de otro, pero hizo lo posible por suavizarle el golpe or por no herirlo demasiado hair 1 1.2 (lengthen) [hem/skirt] alargar* 1.3 (deflate) [tire/balloon] desinflar 1.4 (disappoint) fallar, defraudar I'm counting on you to give the talk: you're not going to let me down, are you? cuento con que tú vas a dar la charla: no me vas a fallar ¿no? you're letting your parents down by giving up your studies si dejas los estudios vas a decepcionar or defraudar a tus padres the refugees feel they've been let down by the international community los refugiados sienten que la comunidad internacional les ha vuelto la espalda George let us all down by getting drunk George se emborrachó y nos hizo quedar mal a todos he always lets the side down siempre nos ( or los etc) hace quedar mal her spelling lets her down su ortografía no le hace justicia a su trabajo 1.1 verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio (slow up) (American English/inglés norteamericano) [colloquial/familiar], aflojar [colloquial/familiar], aminorar la marcha

let in

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
1.1 (allow to enter) dejar entrar; (open the door for) abrirle* la puerta a, hacer* pasar don't let the cat in! ¡no dejes entrar al gato! the doctor himself let us in el mismo doctor nos abrió la puerta or nos hizo pasar here's the key, let yourself in aquí tienes la llave, abre y entra to let oneself/sb in for sth she doesn't know what she's letting herself in for ¡no sabe en lo que se está metiendo! she let me in for a lot of trouble me metió en tremendo lío [colloquial/familiar] to let sb in on sth I'll let you in on a secret te voy a contar or confiar un secreto she never lets me in on her important deals siempre me deja al margen de los tratos importantes 1.2 (allow to penetrate) [light/air] dejar entrar; [damp] dejar pasar see also let1 1 2 1 1.1 (release) [clutch] soltar*

let into

verb + object + preposition + object/verbo + complemento + preposición + complemento
1.1 (insert into) [Constr] empotrar 1.2 (initiate into) to let sb into a secret contarle* or confiarle* un secreto a algn

let off

1.1verb + object + adverb/verbo + complemento + adverbio (not punish, forgive) perdonar he was let off lightly se escapó con un castigo bien leveto let sb off with sth she was let off with a reprimand solo le hicieron una amonestación, se escapó con solo una amonestación 1.2verb + object + adverb/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verb + object + preposition + object/verbo + complemento + preposición + complemento (exempt, excuse from) perdonar we were let off our homework nos perdonaron los deberes, nos libramos de tener que hacer deberes I'll let you off the 80 cents te perdono los 80 centavos 1.3verb + object + adverb/verbo + complemento + adverbio (allow to go) dejar salir she let them off early los dejó salir temprano 1.1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento 2.1 (allow to get off) [passenger] dejar bajar 2.2 (fire, explode) [fireworks] hacer* estallar; [rocket/cracker] tirar; [salvo] disparar, tirar; [rifle] disparar 2.3 (rent) (British English/inglés británico) [room/office] alquilar they let it off to students se lo alquilan a estudiantes 1.2 verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio (break wind) (British English/inglés británico) [slang/argot], tirarse un pedo [colloquial/familiar]

let on

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio, verb + adverb + object/verbo + adverbio + complemento 1.1 (reveal) we're planning a surprise party, don't let on! estamos planeando una fiesta sorpresa, no digas nada or no levantes la liebre or (River Plate area/Río de la Plata) la perdizto let on about sth (to sb) you mustn't let on about this to Jim no le vayas a decir nada de esto a Jimto let on (that) don't let on (that) you know me! no digas que me conoces, que no se enteren de que me conoces 1.2 (pretend) he let on that he didn't care hizo como si no le importara, fingió que no le importaba 1.1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento [passenger] dejar subir

let out

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento 1.1 (reveal, disclose) [details/secret] revelar she inadvertently let out the fact that … se le escapó sin darse cuenta que … 1.2 (release) eximir this clause lets the seller out of any obligation to … esta cláusula exime al vendedor de toda obligación de … 1.3 (rent out) (especially British English/especialmente inglés británico) [house/room/equipment] alquilar 1.4 (make wider) [skirt/dress] ensanchar, agrandar to let a seam out soltarle* a una costura 1.1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento, verb + object + adverb (+ preposition + object)/verbo + complemento + adverbio (+ preposición + complemento) 2.1 (allow to leave) dejar salir let me out of here! ¡ábreme!, ¡déjame salir de aquí! who let the canary out? ¿quién soltó al canario? he's hoping to be let out of prison soon espera que lo dejen salir de la cárcel or que lo suelten pronto I'll let myself out no me acompañes, salgo solo we mustn't let the paintings out of the country no debemos permitir que los cuadros salgan del país 2.2 (allow to get out — from bus) dejar bajar; (— from taxi) dejar would you let me out by the library? ¿me deja en la biblioteca? 2.3 (allow to escape) [water/smoke] dejar salir you're letting the heat out estás dejando salir or escapar el calor let your breath out slowly exhale lentamente someone let the air out of my tires alguien me desinfló los neumáticos 1.2 3.1verb + adverb + object/verbo + adverbio + complemento (utter) [scream/yell] soltar*, pegar*; [guffaw] soltar* 3.2verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio (be dismissed) (American English/inglés norteamericano) [colloquial/familiar], [school] terminar

let up

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio
1.1 (diminish, slacken) [wind/storm] amainar; [pressure/work] disminuir*, aflojar [colloquial/familiar] the rain is beginning to let up está lloviendo menos, está escampando 1.2 (relax efforts) rescuers worked for 24 hours without letting up los equipos de rescate trabajaron 24 horas sin parar you can't afford to let up now! no puedes aflojar el ritmo or dejarte estar justo ahora 1.3 (stop) [colloquial/familiar] (usually with negative/generalmente con negativo) parar the dog barked all night without letting up el perro ladró toda la noche sin parar 1.4 (relent)to let up (on sb) she won't let up until she gets what she wants no va a aflojar hasta conseguir lo que quiere he'd do better if the teacher let up on him a bit trabajaría mejor si el maestro no estuviera constantemente encima de él

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Pronunciation: /let/


  • 1 (in tennis) let (masculine), red (feminine)
    Example sentences
    • In a first game that lasted nearly 30 minutes, she maintained her composure through a series of lets, strokes, and no lets.
    • I believe I have a very good understanding of lets and strokes.
    • If you encounter interference and then play the ball, you have no right to a let.
  • 2 (lease) (British English/inglés británico) contrato (masculine) de arrendamiento (masculine) I can't get a let for my house no logro alquilar or arrendar mi casa they specialize in holiday lets se especializan en el alquiler or el arrendamiento de residencias de vacaciones
    Example sentences
    • While short lets of a week, a month or six months cost substantially more, reductions are offered for a standard year-long contract.
    • If you intend to let the property for short-term holiday lets, then the service will need to include changeovers and handover of the keys.
    • Fully furnished, it is set up for holiday and short-term lets.
  • 3 (impediment) [formal] without let or hindrance sin impedimento ni obstáculo

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