- Rhymes: -ɛst
- For fear that; that . . . not; in order that . . . not; in case.
- He won't go outside, lest he be eaten by those ravenous eagles
- That (without the negative particle); -- after certain expressions denoting fear or apprehension.
The word lest is always followed by the subjunctive mood, usually in either the present or future tense.
For example: Lest they be captured, the soldiers fled from the battlefield.
The future subjunctive would simply employ the auxiliary word should.
- (for fear that): before (informal)
From Dutch last
lest m (plural lests)
- train (line of connected cars or carriages)
This Icelandic entry was created from the translations listed at train. It may be less reliable than other entries, and may be missing parts of speech or additional senses. Please also see lest in the Icelandic Wiktionary. This notice will be removed when the entry is checked. (more information) October 2009