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
    failfail to supportfall short of expectationdisappointdisillusiondisenchantabandondesertleave strandedleave in the lurchleave high and drybetrayneglectjiltstab in the backNorth American informalbail on archaicforsake

    let something down

    I put on a skirt which Sylvie had let down for me
    [Antonyms] take up
    lengthenmake longer

    let fly

  • 1 he let fly with a brick
    hurl, fling, throw, propel, pitch, lob, toss, launch, cast, shy, project, catapult, bowl; 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
    releaserelease one's hold onloose/loosen one's hold onrelinquishunhandsurrendergive up

    let someone go

    I was upset about letting him go, but he assured me he'd find another job
    [Antonyms] retain
    make redundantdismissdischargelay offgive notice topay offremoverelease informalsackgive someone the sackfiregive someone their cardsgive someone their marching orderssend packinggive someone the bootgive someone the bulletgive someone the pushgive someone the (old) heave-hoboot outaxe

    let someone in

    a young lady came to open the gate and let me in
    [Antonyms] refuse admission to
    allow to enterallow inadmittake inopen the door togrant entrance togive access toallow entry topermit entry togive right of entry toreceivewelcomegreetaccept

    let someone in on something

    he asked to be let in on the jokeincludecount inadmitallow to share inlet participate intake ininform abouttell aboutbring up to date about

    let something off

    some members of the family let off fireworks in the backgrounddetonatedischargeexplodeset offfire off

    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; release, discharge; deal leniently with, be lenient on/to, be merciful to, show mercy to, have mercy on; acquit, absolve, exonerate, clear, exculpate, vindicate; 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
    [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
    releaseliberatefreeset freelet godischargeset/turn/let looseallow to leaveopen the door forgrant exit touncageunfetterunshackle

    let up

  • 1 the rain had let up, so we walked
    abate, lessen, decrease, diminish, subside, moderate, decline, relent, slacken, die down/off, ease (off), tail off, taper off, drop off/away, peter out; 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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