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Synonyms of let in English:


  • 1 let him sleep for now
    allow, permit, give permission to, give leave to, authorize, sanction, grant, grant the right to, warrant, license, empower, enable, entitle;
    assent to, consent to, agree to, acquiesce in, accede to, approve of, tolerate, countenance, suffer, brook, admit of, give one's blessing to, give assent to;
    cause, make
    informal give the green light to, give the go-ahead to, give the thumbs up to, give someone/something the nod, say the magic word, OK
    [Antonyms] prevent, prohibit
  • 2 Wilcox pushed open the door to let her through
    allow to go, permit to pass;
    make way for
  • 3 they hired an agent to let their flat
    rent out, let out, rent, lease, hire, hire out, loan, give on loan, sublet, sublease, farm out, contract, charge for the use of
  • Phrases

    let someone down
    it's his players who have let the team down
    [Antonyms] support, satisfy, do one's bit
    fail, fail to support, fall short of expectation;
    disappoint, disillusion, disenchant;
    abandon, desert, leave stranded, leave in the lurch, leave high and dry, betray, neglect, jilt;
    North American informal bail on
    archaic forsake
    let something down
    I put on a skirt which Sylvie had let down for me
    [Antonyms] take up
    lengthen, make longer
    let fly
  • 1 he let fly with a brick
    shoot, fire, blast, discharge
    informal chuck, sling, heave
  • 2 she let fly at Geoffrey
    lose one's temper with, lash out at, scold, criticize, condemn, chastise, chide, rant at, inveigh against, rail against, abuse, revile;
    explode, burst out, erupt with anger, let someone have it, give free rein to one's emotions, keep nothing back, give vent to one's emotions
    informal carpet, give someone a rocket, tear someone off a strip, tear into
    rare excoriate
  • let go
    apply the brakes before you let go of the pushchair
    [Antonyms] hold tight
    release, release one's hold on, loose/loosen one's hold on, relinquish, unhand, surrender, give up
    let someone go
    I was upset about letting him go, but he assured me he'd find another job
    [Antonyms] retain
    make redundant, dismiss, discharge, lay off, give notice to, pay off, remove, release
    let someone in
    a young lady came to open the gate and let me in
    [Antonyms] refuse admission to
    allow to enter, allow in, admit, take in, open the door to, grant entrance to, give access to, allow entry to, permit entry to, give right of entry to;
    receive, welcome, greet, accept
    let someone in on something
    he asked to be let in on the joke
    include, count in, admit;
    allow to share in, let participate in, take in, inform about, tell about, bring up to date about
    let something off
    some members of the family let off fireworks in the background
    let someone off
  • 1 I'll let you off this time, but don't try a trick like that again
    pardon, forgive, grant an amnesty to, amnesty;
    deal leniently with, be lenient on/to, be merciful to, show mercy to, have mercy on;
    let bygones be bygones, bear no malice, harbour no grudge, bury the hatchet
  • 2 he let me off work for the day
  • let on
  • 1 I never let on that Uncle Joe made me feel anxious
    reveal, make known, tell, disclose, mention, divulge, let out, let slip, give away, leak, proclaim, blurt out, expose, bring to light, uncover, make public;
    [Antonyms] conceal, keep quiet about
  • 2 they all let on they didn't hear me
    pretend, feign, affect, make out, make believe, simulate, fake
  • informal
    let something out
  • 1 I let out a cry of triumph
    utter, emit, give vent to, produce, give, issue, express, air, voice, verbalize, release, pour out, come out with
    [Antonyms] suppress
  • 2 she let out that he'd given her a lift home
    reveal, make known, tell, disclose, mention, divulge, let slip, give away, let it be known, leak, blurt out, expose, bring to light, uncover, make public, blab
    [Antonyms] keep quiet about
  • let someone out
    they should never have let Carolyn out of hospital like that
    [Antonyms] imprison
    release, liberate, free, set free, let go, discharge;
    set/turn/let loose, allow to leave, open the door for, grant exit to;
    let up
  • 1 the rain had let up, so we walked
    ebb, wane, dwindle, fade, quieten (down), calm (down), weaken;
    stop, cease, finish, come to a stop, come to an end, terminate
    [Antonyms] continue
  • 2 you never let up, do you?
    relax one's efforts, relax, ease up/off, do less, slow down;
    pause, break (off), take a break, take a breath;
    adjourn, desist, rest, hold back, stop
    informal take a breather
  • 3 I promised you I'd let up on him
    treat less severely, be more lenient with, be kinder to
    informal go easy on
    [Antonyms] treat harshly
  • informal
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