Synonyms of let in English:


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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, consefnt 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 the nod, give something the nod, say the magic word, OK

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, rent, lease, hire, hire out, loan, give on loan, sublet, sublease, farm out, contract, charge for the use of
British let out


    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’

    release, release one's hold on, loose one's hold on, loosen one's hold on, relinquish, unhand, surrender, give up

    hold tight

    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, be lenient 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
    informal let someone off the hook, go easy on

    2‘he let me off work for the day’

    excuse from, relieve from, exempt from, spare from
    let up

    1‘the rain had let up, so we walked’

    abate, lessen, decrease, diminish, subside, moderate, decline, relent, slacken, die down, die off, ease, ease off, tail off, taper off, drop away, drop off, peter out
    ebb, wane, dwindle, fade, calm, calm down, weaken
    stop, cease, finish, come to a stop, come to an end, terminate
    British quieten, quieten down
    North American quiet, quiet down


    2‘you never let up, do you?’

    relax one's efforts, relax, ease off, ease up, do less, slow down
    pause, break, 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

    treat harshly

    let something off

    ‘some members of the family let off fireworks in the background’

    detonate, discharge, explode, set off, fire off
    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
    informal let the cat out of the bag, give the game away, sing, squeal

    conceal, keep quiet about

    2‘they all let on they didn't hear me’

    pretend, feign, affect, make out, make believe, simulate, fake
    let someone out

    ‘they should never have let Carolyn out of hospital like that’

    release, liberate, free, set free, let go, discharge
    let loose, set loose, turn loose, allow to leave, open the door for, grant exit to
    uncage, unfetter, unshackle


    let someone go

    ‘I was upset about letting him go, but he assured me he'd find another job’

    dismiss, discharge, lay off, give notice to, pay off, remove, release
    British make redundant
    informal sack, give someone the sack, fire, give someone their marching orders, send packing, give someone the boot, give someone the bullet, give someone the push, give someone the heave-ho, give someone the old heave-ho, boot out, axe
    British informal give someone their cards


    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


    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

    keep quiet about

    let someone down

    ‘it's his players who have let the team down’

    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
    stab in the back
    North American informal bail on
    archaic forsake

    support, satisfy, do one's bit

    let something down

    ‘I put on a skirt which Sylvie had let down for me’

    lengthen, make longer

    take up

    let someone in

    ‘a young lady came to open the gate and let me in’

    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

    refuse admission to

    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