Definition of let on in English:

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let on

1Reveal or divulge information to someone: she knows a lot more than she lets on [with clause]: I never let on that he made me feel anxious
More example sentences
  • I felt like he had more information then he was letting on.
  • I answered simply, without letting on a lot of information.
  • Something wasn't right here and she knew Noah held more information than he was letting on.
reveal, make known, tell, disclose, mention, divulge, let slip, give away, make public;
2Pretend: [with clause]: they all let on that they didn’t hear me
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  • Now he's letting on he finds them bewildering, and he's supposed to be Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism!
  • Serious things have happened and it's no good people letting on that they didn't.
  • I once liked Rosie, but she let on she was a different person then.
pretend, feign, affect, make out, make believe, simulate
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