See also: Lassen




From Middle Dutch lasschen ‎(to join together). Further etymology is unclear, but probably borrowed from Old French lacer ‎(to tie).



lassen ‎(past singular laste, past participle gelast)

  1. to weld


Inflection of lassen (weak)
infinitive lassen
past singular laste
past participle gelast
infinitive lassen
gerund lassen n
verbal noun
present tense past tense
1st person singular las laste
2nd person sing. (jij) last laste
2nd person sing. (u) last laste
2nd person sing. (gij) last laste
3rd person singular last laste
plural lassen lasten
subjunctive sing.1 lasse laste
subjunctive plur.1 lassen lasten
imperative sing. las
imperative plur.1 last
participles lassend gelast
1) Archaic.


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From Middle High German lāzzen, from Old High German lāzzan, from Proto-Germanic *lētaną. Akin to Dutch laten, English let.


  • IPA(key): [ˈlasn̩], [ˈlasən]
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lassen ‎(class 7 strong, third-person singular simple present lässt, past tense ließ, past participle gelassen or lassen, past subjunctive ließe, auxiliary haben)

  1. (auxiliary, with an infinitive, past participle: “lassen) to allow; to permit; to let
  2. (auxiliary, with an infinitive, past participle: “lassen) to have someone (do something); to have (something done); to make (something happen); to cause (something to be done)
    etwas machen lassen — “to have something done”
    jemanden etwas tun lassen — “to have someone do something”
  3. (transitive, past participle: “gelassen) to let; to leave
  4. (transitive, past participle: “gelassen) to stop (something); to quit; to refrain from; to help doing (something)
  5. (intransitive, past participle: “gelassen) to cease; to desist

Usage notesEdit

Note that the English phrases "to let someone do something" and "to make someone do something" both translate into German as jemanden etwas tun lassen. In order to avoid ambiguity, "to let" can be expressed as jemandem erlauben, etwas zu tun, and "to make" can be expressed as jemanden dazu bringen, etwas zu tun.


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