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let 1

present participle letting past tense & past participle let

transitive verb

  • 1 (no pass) 1.1 (allow to) to let somebody/something + infinitivelet the water run she lets them do what they like
    los deja hacer lo que quieren
    let her speak
    déjala hablar
    he let his hair grow
    se dejó crecer el pelo
    let me help you
    deja que te ayude
    don't let the fire go out
    no dejes apagar el fuego
    no dejes que se apague el fuego
    don't let me keep you
    no te quiero entretener
    let me see
    ¿a ver?
    deja or déjame ver
    her pride won't let her admit she made a mistake
    su orgullo no le permite reconocer que cometió un error
    you shouldn't let her talk to you like that
    no deberías permitir que te hable así
    don't let me catch you here again!
    ¡que no te vuelva a pescar por aquí!
    be 1 5 1 drop 3 3
    Example sentences
    • He doesn't let his busy schedule prevent him from visiting Scotland regularly.
    • The padding helps prevent soreness and lets you spend more time on the saddle.
    • But his boss won't let him leave - at least not until he completes one final contract.
    1.2 (cause to, make)to let somebody/something + infinitivelet me have your answer tomorrow!
    dame la respuesta or contéstame mañana
    let me know if there are any problems
    avísame si hay algún problema
    he let it be known that …
    hizo saber que …
    don't let it be known that …!
    que no se sepa que …
    que nadie se entere de que …
    don't clean it: lethim do it!
    no lo limpies, deja que lo haga él
    Example sentences
    • Torches lined the stairs, and an occasional stained-glass window let in some light.
    • They let heat in but prevent it from getting out.
    • The following morning I'm woken up nice and early by the builders letting themselves in to the apartment.
  • 2 2.1 (+ adverb complement) to let something/somebody by or past
    dejar pasar algo/a alguien
    they stood aside and let him by or past
    se apartaron para dejarlo pasar
    let me through! I'm a doctor
    déjenme pasar, soy médico
    she won't let the dog in the house
    no deja que el perro entre en la casa
    she let herself into the house
    abrió la puerta y entró en la casa
    they weren't let on board the ship
    no los dejaron or no les permitieron subir a bordo
    see alsolet in, → let off, → let out
    2.2 (Medicine)to let somebody's blood
    hacerle una sangría a alguien
  • 3
    Used to form 1st pers pl imperative
    3.1 (in suggestions) let's go let's ask Chris
    vamos a preguntarle a Chris
    preguntémosle a Chris
    let's play dominoes! — yes, let's
    ¿por qué no jugamos al dominó? — ¡buena idea!
    don't let's or let's not argue
    no discutamos
    3.2 (in requests, proposals, commands) if we were to sell it for, let's or let us say $500
    si lo vendiéramos por, un suponer or digamos, $500
    let's be honest!
    ¡vamos a decir la verdad!
    ¡seamos honestos!
    let's be quite clear about this
    que esto quede bien claro
    let us pray [formal]
  • 4
    Used to form 3rd pers imperative, gen translated by que + subjunctive in Spanish
    4.1 (in commands) let the show begin
    que empiece el espectáculo
    let that be a lesson to you
    que te sirva de lección
    never let it be said that …
    que no se diga que …
    let there be light (Bible)
    4.2 (expressing defiance, warning, threat) let them think what they like!
    ¡que piensen lo que quieran!
    just let her/them try!
    ¡que se atreva/atrevan!
    4.3 (in suppositions) let x equal 4
    supongamos que x es igual a 4
  • 5 (rent) (esp British) to let something to somebody
    alquilarle algo a alguien
    to let
    se alquila
    Example sentences
    • Letters have been sent to solicitors and letting agents after police found people are letting properties for themselves then sub-letting them to prostitutes.
    • The council also wants to start targeting private landlords in a bid to encourage them to consider letting their properties to people receiving housing benefit.
    • She will take charge of letting the property in the future.

intransitive verb

  • (esp British)

Phrasal verbs

let down

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (lower)
to let somebody down gently
suavizarle el golpe a alguien
she'd fallen in love with someone else, but she did her best to let him down gently
se había enamorado de otro, pero hizo lo posible por suavizarle el golpe or por no herirlo demasiado
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1.2 (lengthen)
1.3 (deflate)
1.4 (disappoint) I'm counting on you to give the talk: you're not going to let me down, are you?
cuento con que tú vas a dar la charla: no me vas a fallar ¿no?
you're letting your parents down by giving up your studies
si dejas los estudios vas a decepcionar or defraudar a tus padres
the refugees feel they've been let down by the international community
los refugiados sienten que la comunidad internacional les ha vuelto la espalda
George let us all down by getting drunk
George se emborrachó y nos hizo quedar mal a todos
he always lets the side down
siempre nos ( or los etc. ) hace quedar mal
her spelling lets her down
su ortografía no le hace justicia a su trabajo
2verb + adverb (slow up) (US) [colloquial]
aflojar [colloquial]
aminorar la marcha

let in

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
1 1.1 (allow to enter)
dejar entrar
(open the door for) abrirle la puerta a
hacer pasar
don't let the cat in!
¡no dejes entrar al gato!
the doctor himself let us in
el mismo doctor nos abrió la puerta or nos hizo pasar
here's the key, let yourself in
aquí tienes la llave, abre y entra
to let oneself/somebody in for somethingshe doesn't know what she's letting herself in for
¡no sabe en lo que se está metiendo!
she let me in for a lot of trouble
me metió en tremendo lío [colloquial]
to let somebody in on somethingI'll let you in on a secret
te voy a contar or confiar un secreto
she never lets me in on her important deals
siempre me deja al margen de los tratos importantes
1.2 (allow to penetrate)
dejar entrar
dejar pasar
see alsolet1 1 2 1
2 (release)

let into

verb + object + preposition + object
1 (insert into) (Building) 2 (initiate into) to let somebody into a secret
contarle or confiarle un secreto a alguien

let off

1 1.1verb + object + adverb (not punish, forgive) he was let off lightly
se escapó con un castigo bien leve
to let somebody off with somethingshe was let off with a reprimand
solo le hicieron una amonestación
se escapó con solo una amonestación
1.2verb + object + adverb, verb + object + preposition + object (exempt, excuse from) we were let off our homework
nos perdonaron los deberes
nos libramos de tener que hacer deberes
I'll let you off the 80 cents
te perdono los 80 centavos
1.3verb + object + adverb (allow to go)
dejar salir
she let them off early
los dejó salir temprano
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 2.1 (allow to get off)
dejar bajar
2.2 (fire, explode)
hacer estallar
2.3 (rent) (British)
they let it off to students
se lo alquilan a estudiantes
3verb + adverb (break wind) (British) [slang]
tirarse un pedo [colloquial]

let on

1verb + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (reveal) we're planning a surprise party, don't let on!
estamos planeando una fiesta sorpresa, no digas nada or no levantes la liebre
estamos planeando una fiesta sorpresa, no levantes la perdiz (Río de la Plata)
to let on about something (to somebody)you mustn't let on about this to Jim
no le vayas a decir nada de esto a Jim
to let on (that)don't let on (that) you know me!
no digas que me conoces
que no se enteren de que me conoces
1.2 (pretend) he let on that he didn't care
hizo como si no le importara
fingió que no le importaba
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
dejar subir

let out

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (reveal, disclose)
she inadvertently let out the fact that …
se le escapó sin darse cuenta que …
1.2 (release) this clause lets the seller out of any obligation to …
esta cláusula exime al vendedor de toda obligación de …
1.3 (rent out) (esp British)
1.4 (make wider)
to let a seam out
soltarle a una costura
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object, verb + object + adverb (+ preposition + object) 2.1 (allow to leave)
dejar salir
let me out of here!
¡déjame salir de aquí!
who let the canary out?
¿quién soltó al canario?
he's hoping to be let out of prison soon
espera que lo dejen salir de la cárcel or que lo suelten pronto
I'll let myself out
no me acompañes, salgo solo
we mustn't let the paintings out of the country
no debemos permitir que los cuadros salgan del país
2.2 (allow to get out)
(from bus) dejar bajar
(from taxi) dejar
would you let me out by the library?
¿me deja en la biblioteca?
2.3 (allow to escape)
dejar salir
you're letting the heat out
estás dejando salir or escapar el calor
let your breath out slowly
exhale lentamente
someone let the air out of my tires
alguien me desinfló los neumáticos
3 3.1verb + adverb + object (utter)
3.2verb + adverb (be dismissed) (US) [colloquial]

let up

verb + adverb
1 (diminish, slacken)
the rain is beginning to let up
está lloviendo menos
está escampando
2 (relax efforts) rescuers worked for 24 hours without letting up
los equipos de rescate trabajaron 24 horas sin parar
you can't afford to let up now!
no puedes aflojar el ritmo or dejarte estar justo ahora
3 (stop) [colloquial] (usually with negative) the dog barked all night without letting up
el perro ladró toda la noche sin parar
4 (relent)to let up (on somebody)she won't let up until she gets what she wants
no va a aflojar hasta conseguir lo que quiere
he'd do better if the teacher let up on him a bit
trabajaría mejor si el maestro no estuviera constantemente encima de él
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American English: /lɛt/
British English: /lɛt/


  • 1 (in tennis)
    let (masculine)
    red (feminine)
    Example sentences
    • In a first game that lasted nearly 30 minutes, she maintained her composure through a series of lets, strokes, and no lets.
    • I believe I have a very good understanding of lets and strokes.
    • If you encounter interference and then play the ball, you have no right to a let.
  • 2 (lease) (British) I can't get a let for my house
    no logro alquilar or arrendar mi casa
    they specialize in holiday lets
    se especializan en el alquiler or el arrendamiento de residencias de vacaciones
    Example sentences
    • While short lets of a week, a month or six months cost substantially more, reductions are offered for a standard year-long contract.
    • If you intend to let the property for short-term holiday lets, then the service will need to include changeovers and handover of the keys.
    • Fully furnished, it is set up for holiday and short-term lets.
  • 3 (impediment) [formal]without let or hindrance
    sin impedimento ni obstáculo
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