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let go (third-person singular simple present lets go, present participle letting go, simple past and past participle let go)

  1. Used other than as an idiom: see let,‎ go.
    Please, Mom, can you let me go to her party?
  2. (intransitive, with of and transitive, with object before go) To release from one's grasp; to go from a state of holding on to a state of no longer holding on.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 6, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      He had one hand on the bounce bottle—and he'd never let go of that since he got back to the table—but he had a handkerchief in the other and was swabbing his deadlights with it.
    You're hurting him! Let him go!
    Let go of the phone.
  3. To emotionally disengage or to distract oneself from a situation.
    • 2010, Gary Haymes, Go Beyond Stress
      You are supported, so you can just let go and relax. Inhale and slowly exhale.
  4. (euphemistic) To dismiss from employment.
    The secretary didn't work out, so her boss told her she was being let go.
  5. (euphemistic, transitive) To fail to maintain a standard of appearance, behavior, or performance.
    1. (euphemistic, usually reflexively) To gain weight
      Wow, dude! You've really let yourself go this time!



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  • (no longer hold on): leggo (imperative)