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Old EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Germanic *lētaną.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈlæːtɑn/, [ˈlæːtɑn]

VerbEdit

lǣtan

  1. to let, allow
    • late 10th century, Ælfric, "Sermon on the Beginning of Creation"
      God lēt hīe habban āgenne cyre swā hīe heora Sċieppend lufodon and fylġedon swā hīe hine forlēton.
      God let them have their own choice whether to love and follow their creator or abandon him.
    • late 10th century, Ælfric, "On the Lord's Prayer"
      God lǣt him fierst þæt hē his māndǣda ġeswīce.
      God gives (lit. allows) him time to stop his misdeeds.
    • Blickling Homilies, "The Annunciation of Saint Mary"
      God ne lǣt ūs nā costnian ofer ġemet.
      God won't let us be tempted more than we can handle.
    • Blickling Homilies, "The Third Sunday in Lent"
      Ēalā þū ġītsiġenda and welega, hwæt dēst þū þē ġif Dryhten on þē ġenimþ nigon dǣlas þīnes welan and þē lǣt þone tēoðan dǣl ǣnne habban?
      You greedy rich people, what are you going to do if the Lord takes ninety percent of your wealth and only lets you have ten percent of it?
    • late 10th century, Ælfric, "On the Festival of St. Peter the Apostle"
      Petrus cnocode forþ oþ þæt hīe hine inn lēton.
      Peter kept knocking until they let him in.
  2. to have someone do something, have something done
  3. to leave someone/something in a certain situation
    • late 10th century, Ælfric, "The Nativity of St. Paul the Apostle"
      Se hālga Paulus wæs ġestǣned oþ dēaþ, swā þæt þā ēhteras hine for dēadne lēton, ac þæs on morgne hē ārās and fērde ymb his bodunge.
      Saint Paul was stoned so severely that the attackers left him for dead, but then in the morning he got up and went back to preaching.
    • 1038, charter concerning Harold Harefoot
      Se ærċebisċop lēt hit eall tō heora āgene rǣde.
      The archbishop left it all to their own discretion.
    • late 10th century, Ælfric, "Easter Sunday"
      Þā mānfullan hē lēt bæftan tō ēċum wītum.
      The wicked he left behind to suffer eternal torment.
    • late 10th century, Ælfric, the Old English Hexateuch, Exodus 21:27
      Ġif hwā his wēales tōþ of āslēa, lǣt hine friġne.
      If anyone knocks their slave's tooth out, set them free.
  4. to suppose

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  • Middle English: læten, leten