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Definition: To let drive
, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Let
[Obs].); p. pr. & vb. n. Letting
.] [OE. leten, l[ae]ten
(past tense lat, let, p. p. laten, leten, lete), AS.
l[=ae]tan (past tense l[=e]t, p. p. l[=ae]ten); akin to
OFries. l[=e]ta, OS. l[=a]tan, D. laten, G. lassen, OHG.
l[=a]zzan, Icel. l[=a]ta, Sw. l[*a]ta, Dan. lade, Goth.
l[=e]tan, and L. lassus weary. The original meaning seems to
have been, to let loose, let go, let drop. Cf. Alas
1. To leave; to relinquish; to abandon. [Obs. or Archaic,
except when followed by alone or be.]
He . . . prayed him his voyage for to let.
Yet neither spins nor cards, ne cares nor frets,
But to her mother Nature all her care she lets.
Let me alone in choosing of my wife. --Chaucer.
2. To consider; to think; to esteem. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
3. To cause; to make; -- used with the infinitive in the
active form but in the passive sense; as, let make, i. e.,
cause to be made; let bring, i. e., cause to be brought.
This irous, cursed wretch
Let this knight's son anon before him fetch.
He . . . thus let do slay hem all three. --Chaucer.
Anon he let two coffers make. --Gower.
4. To permit; to allow; to suffer; -- either affirmatively,
by positive act, or negatively, by neglecting to restrain
Note: In this sense, when followed by an infinitive, the
latter is commonly without the sign to; as to let us
walk, i. e., to permit or suffer us to walk. Sometimes
there is entire omission of the verb; as, to let [to be
or to go] loose.
Pharaoh said, I will let you go. --Ex. viii.
If your name be Horatio, as I am let to know it
5. To allow to be used or occupied for a compensation; to
lease; to rent; to hire out; -- often with out; as, to let
a farm; to let a house; to let out horses.
6. To give, grant, or assign, as a work, privilege, or
contract; -- often with out; as, to let the building of a
bridge; to let out the lathing and the plastering.
Note: The active form of the infinitive of let, as of many
other English verbs, is often used in a passive sense;
as, a house to let (i. e., for letting, or to be let).
This form of expression conforms to the use of the
Anglo-Saxon gerund with to (dative infinitive) which
was commonly so employed. See Gerund
, 2. “ Your
elegant house in Harley Street is to let.”
--Thackeray. In the imperative mood, before the first
person plural, let has a hortative force. “ Rise up,
let us go.”
--Mark xiv. 42. “ Let us seek out some
To let alone
, to leave; to withdraw from; to refrain from
To let blood
, to cause blood to flow; to bleed.
To let down
(a) To lower.
(b) To soften in tempering; as, to let down tools,
cutlery, and the like.
To let fly
or To let drive
, to discharge with violence,
as a blow, an arrow, or stone. See under Drive
To let in
or To let into
(a) To permit or suffer to enter; to admit.
(b) To insert, or imbed, as a piece of wood, in a recess
formed in a surface for the purpose.
To let loose
, to remove restraint from; to permit to wander
To let off
(a) To discharge; to let fly, as an arrow; to fire the
charge of, as a gun.
(b) To release, as from an engagement or obligation.
To let out
(a) To allow to go forth; as, to let out a prisoner.
(b) To extend or loosen, as the folds of a garment; to
enlarge; to suffer to run out, as a cord.
(c) To lease; to give out for performance by contract, as
(d) To divulge.
To let slide
, to let go; to cease to care for. [Colloq.] “
Let the world slide.”
, v. i.
1. To rush and press with violence; to move furiously.
Fierce Boreas drove against his flying sails.
Under cover of the night and a driving tempest.
Time driveth onward fast,
And in a little while our lips are dumb. --Tennyson.
2. To be forced along; to be impelled; to be moved by any
physical force or agent; to be driven.
The hull drives on, though mast and sail be torn.
The chaise drives to Mr. Draper's chambers.
3. To go by carriage; to pass in a carriage; to proceed by
directing or urging on a vehicle or the animals that draw
it; as, the coachman drove to my door.
4. To press forward; to aim, or tend, to a point; to make an
effort; to strive; -- usually with at.
Let them therefore declare what carnal or secular
interest he drove at. --South.
5. To distrain for rent. [Obs.]
6. (Golf) To make a drive, or stroke from the tee.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
7. to go from one place to another in a vehicle, serving as
the operator of the vehicle; to drive a vehicle from
one location to another. He drove from New York to Boston
in four hours.
To let drive
, to aim a blow; to strike with force; to
attack. “Four rogues in buckram let drive at me.”