In this post, you will find 20 phrasal verbs with the word ‘let’. Use these in your day to day conversation and you would sound like someone more like a native English speaker.
20 Phrasal Verbs With Let – Meanings, Examples, and Exercises
Let (someone or something) By
- Meaning: To allow someone or something to pass by or go around.
- Use in a sentence: They look like they are in a hurry, let’s move to the side and let them by.
- Meaning: To move something to a lower position. To lower
- Use in a sentence: Can you let down the rope so I can climb up?
Let (someone) Down
- Meaning: To fail someone or something. To disappoint. To fail to meet the expectations of another person.
- Use in a sentence: I tried my hardest to keep my promise because I didn’t want to let my dad down.
Let (one’s guard) down
- Meaning: To relax and stop worrying about what could happen. To relax one’s vigilance. To become less guarded.
- Use in a sentence: In business, there are always people looking to take advantage of the situation, for that reason, it is important to never let your guard down.
Let (someone or something) in
- Meaning: To allow someone or something to enter a place
- Use in a sentence: George is at the door, can you let him in?
Let (someone) in on (something)
- Meaning: to tell someone a secret or something that only a small group of people know about.
- Use in a sentence: I’m going to let you in on a little secret.
- Meaning: To allow someone to disembark a mode of transportation.
- Use in a sentence: Can you let me off at the corner? I have to stop at the store first before going home.
Let (someone) Off
- Meaning: To pardon or release someone from blame or punishment.
- Use in a sentence: After I explained to the police officer the reason I ran the stoplight, he decided to let me off with just a warning.
Let (something) Off
- Meaning: to make something explode.
- Use in a sentence: A boy got in trouble because he let off fireworks on school property.
- Meaning: To allow something to become known. Usually, something that is a secret. To reveal.
- Use in a sentence: She never let on that she had a boyfriend.
Let On (something)
- Meaning: To pretend to do something or to pretend to be someone
- Use in a sentence: For years, she let on that she was a doctor working for a prestigious hospital.
Let (something or someone) Out
- Meaning: To be released from a place.
- Use in a sentence: Can you let the dog out of his cage? I think he has to go the bathroom.
Let Out (class, school)
- Meaning: to finish or to end.
- Use in a sentence: What time does the movie let out?
Let (a piece of clothing) Out
- Meaning: to alter a garment because it is too tight.
- Use in a sentence: I am going to ask the seamstress if she could let out my favorite dress so I can wear it to the party this weekend.
Let Out (air)
- Meaning: To release air from something.
- Use in a sentence: Some young kids thought it would be funny to let the air out of my tires.
Let Out (sound)
- Meaning: To make a sound.
- Use in a sentence: She let out a scream when she saw the mouse run across the table.
Let Out (something)
- Meaning: to reveal a secret.
- Use in a sentence: If you let out the secret, it won’t be a surprise.
Let (something) Out (to someone)
- Meaning: to rent something out to someone.
- Use in a sentence: I am thinking about letting out my spare bedroom downstair to earn a little extra income.
Let (something) Pass
- Meaning: To ignore. To not say something when someone says or does something you don’t like.
- Use in a sentence: This time I will let it pass, but if he says something like that again I will have to talk to him about it.
- Meaning: To slow down. To diminish. To not work as hard on something as you previously did in the past.
- Use in a sentence: The weather shows no signs of letting up.
Phrasal Verbs With Let Exercise
Please select the phrasal verb that best completes the sentence. Scroll down further to see the answers.
- What time does class (let down / let out / let off)?
- The bus stopped on Park Avenue to (let off / let by / let up) a few passengers.
- She is not as innocent as she (lets out / lets down / lets on).
- The boy let off / let out / let on a firecracker in the driveway.
- The tailor said that there is enough cloth to (let off / let out / let up) the pants by an extra two inches.
- I want to (let you down / let you on / let you in) on what I heard about the new office romance between Jerry and Sue.
- After two hours of searching it is clear that he is not ( letting up / letting down / letting off) until he finds what he is looking for.
- Be careful not to (let the cat off / let the cat down / let the cat out ) when you open the side door.
- Once it was dark outside, she decided to (let down / let up / let off) the curtains.
- I didn’t want to (let them off / let them on / let them down) so decided to keep my promise and go to the party even though I didn’t want to.
- The cat was looking in the window at the fish cooking on the stove. I felt bad for her so I decided to ( let her out / let her in / let her up) and share my lunch with her.
- He always (let off / let in / let on) that he knew more about engines than he actually did.
- After she broke up with her boyfriend, we all knew she wasn’t as happy as she (let off / let on / let down).
- My sister (let in / let off / let out) a gasp when she saw the box sitting on the table.
- After she saw what he did, she was beginning to regret ( letting him off / letting him down / letting him out) so easily.
Exercise Answer Key
- let out
- let off
- lets on
- let off
- let out
- let you in
- letting up
- let the cat out
- let down
- let them down
- let her in
- let on
- let on
- letting him off
There you have it 20 phrasal verbs with let. Start using these today.
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