Фразовый глагол Let и примеры его использования

One of the most famous verbs in English is the verb “let”. It means “to allow sb to do something or to allow sth to happen”. But when it turns out to be a phrasal verb, we might be confused by its meaning. Today we are going to learn and memorize all the meanings of “Let”. Let’s start!
• Let sth/sb down:
1. To lower sth/sb = опускать что-то или кого-то. Example: Rapunzel, let your hair down!
2. To cause sb to be disappointed = разочаровывать, подводить. Example: Jill wanted to come with us, but her babysitter let her down at the last minute.
3. To make sth longer = удлинить (вещь). Example: I need to let these trousers down, it’s too short.
• Let sb in:
1. To allow sb/sth to enter = впускать. Example: He opened the door to let in the air.
• Let sth/sb off:
1. To excuse sb from punishment = отпускать без наказания. Example: The police let the criminal off without arresting him.
2. To allow sb to leave a vehicle = высаживать (из автомобиля). Example: All the passengers were let off at the corner.
3. To cause sth (firework) to explode = запускать, взорвать, выстрелить. Example: Don’t let off this firework, it’s too dangerous.
• Let sth/sb out:
1. To allow to leave a room/building = выпускать из комнаты/здания. Example: The head of the school decided to let all students out of school much earlier.
2. To make sth (clothing) wider = расшивать (одежду). Example: After the holidays he had to have his suits let out.
3. To offer sth for rent/hire = сдавать в аренду. Example: These houses are let out by 24 hours.
• Let up:
1. To stop/become less intensive = заканчиваться (о дожде), ослабевать, улучшаться. Example: When the snow lets up, we can go for a walk.
• Let on:
1. To uncover the secret, usually unintentionally = случайно раскрыть секрет, проговориться. Example: That was my brother who let on that she had stolen the book.

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