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let vb. (the other vb. “let” ‘to hinder’ occurs)
1. to allow to remain Wint. I. ii. 41.
2. to forbear “to” Lucr. 10 “did not let To praise the clear unmatched red and white.”
3. with ellipsis of ‘go’ (very freq.) chiefly in the imperative Gent. III. ii. 91 “Let us into the city,” Mer.V. III. ii. 39 “let me to my fortune,” 1H4 I. i. 91 “But let him from my thoughts,” H8 I. ii. 176 “Let him on,” Troil. I. i. 5 “Let him to field,” Cym. IV. ii. 152 “I'll throw't into the creek . . . and let it to the sea.”
4. special uses of the imperative:— (i) “let me have,” give me, tell me Gent. II. vii. 57, Cor. IV. v. 237; (ii) “let him be,” suppose him to be R2 I. i. 59, H8 IV. ii. 147; (iii) “let me alone for,” trust me for Tw.N. III. iv. 204.
5. to cause Ham. IV. vi. 11 “if your name be Horatio, as I am let to know it is” (i.e. informed).
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