The word ‘let‘ can mean many different things. As a verb, the meaning is to allow.
- My mum lets me stay up until 11 at the weekend. (allow)
Let is an irregular verb. The past tense is let and the past participle is let.
phrasal verbs with let
Phrasal verbs with ‘let’ include:
- let down
meaning – disappoint someone or make clothes longer
example – Mum, my trousers need letting down. All the other kids are laughing at me.
- let in
meaning – allow someone to enter
example – I was too drunk, so the bouncers didn’t let me in.
- let in on
meaning – tell someone the secret
example – I’ll let Tina in on the surprise party idea. She is good at organising things.
- let off
meaning – not punish
example – Parker didn’t play well today. The fans let him off as his ankle is still sore.
- let on
meaning – allow something to be known
example – I didn’t let on to Millie about the pregnancy.
- let out
meaning – allow someone/something to leave or make a sound
example – The audience let out a huge gasp as the stuntman attempted to swallow a sword.
- let up
meaning – stop or become less intense
example – I wish Anton would let up talking about his new girlfriend, it’s getting boring now.
picture phrasal verbs with let
Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘let’ in more detail and see some examples in use.
You can download a table of phrasal verbs with let below.
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