Definition of let up in English:

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let up

1 informal (Of something undesirable) become less intense or severe: the rain’s letting up—it’ll be clear soon
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  • Instead of letting up, the snow squalls intensified.
  • However, on December 27, the region was blanketed by an intense winter storm that showed no signs of letting up.
  • The rain had let up a little bit.
abate, lessen, decrease, diminish, subside, relent, slacken, die down/off, ease (off), tail off;
ebb, wane, dwindle, fade;
stop, cease, finish
1.1Relax one’s efforts: she was so far ahead that she could afford to let up a bit
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  • Our main priority is getting promoted and finishing the season on a high, but that doesn't mean we will be letting up one bit tomorrow.
  • After yesterday's rest day a lot of riders were feeling good but there were times that some of us were wondering if people would ever let up, even a bit.
  • You could see once he made the lead, he let up a little bit.
relax, ease up/off, slow down;
pause, break (off), take a break, rest, stop
informal take a breather, chill (out), chillax
1.2 (let up on) informal Treat or deal with in a more lenient manner: she didn’t let up on Cunningham
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  • She lets up on Felicia but starts complaining about her year-old marriage, which is much harder than she thought it would be.
  • We are not going to let up on the government until things are done.
  • This is a constant problem and we will not let up on those who break the law.
treat less severely, be more lenient with, be kinder to
informal go easy on
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