There are 2 main definitions of let up in English:

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let up 1

1(Of something undesirable) become less intense: 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.
ebb, wane, dwindle, fade, quieten (down), calm (down), weaken;
stop, cease, finish, come to a stop, come to an end, terminate
1.1Relax one’s efforts: she was so far ahead 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 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
1.2 (let up on) informal Treat 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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There are 2 main definitions of let up in English:

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let-up 2

Pronunciation: /ˈlɛtʌp/


[in singular] informal
A pause or reduction in the intensity of something dangerous, difficult, or tiring: there had been no let-up in the eruption
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  • Media stocks were some of the heaviest fallers after publisher Pearson frayed nerves as it warned there was little sign of a let-up in the tough advertising conditions.
  • Arctic temperatures saw the big chill remain in York and North Yorkshire again today - but forecasters have said a brief let-up to the cold snap is in sight.
  • The weather is finally set to clear after more than a week of torrential rain signalling a let-up for those who have been suffering from flooding.

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