The word ‘let‘ can mean many different things. As a verb, the meaning is to allow.

For example:

  • 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

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.

phrasal verbs with let - let down
phrasal verbs with let - let in on
phrasal verbs with let - let in
phrasal verbs with let - let off
phrasal verbs with let - let on
phrasal verbs with let - let out
phrasal verbs with let - let up

You can download a table of phrasal verbs with let below.

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