let down

verb
1. move something or somebody to a lower position (Freq. 7)
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take down the vase from the shelf

Syn: ↑lower, ↑take down, ↑get down, ↑bring down
Ant: ↑raise (for: ↑lower)
Derivationally related forms: ↑lower (for: ↑lower), ↑lowering (for: ↑lower)
Hypernyms: ↑move, ↑displace
Hyponyms: ↑reef, ↑depress, ↑dip, ↑incline
Cause: ↑descend, ↑fall, ↑go down, ↑come down
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody

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Somebody ——s somebody PP

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Somebody ——s something PP

2. fail to meet the hopes or expectations of
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Her boyfriend let her down when he did not propose marriage

Syn: ↑disappoint
Derivationally related forms: ↑letdown, ↑disappointment (for: ↑disappoint)
Hypernyms:
thwart, ↑queer, ↑spoil, ↑scotch, ↑foil, ↑cross, ↑frustrate, ↑baffle, ↑bilk
Hyponyms: ↑fail, ↑betray, ↑fall short, ↑come short, ↑disenchant, ↑disillusion
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s somebody

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Something ——s somebody

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The performance is likely to let down Sue

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(of an aircraft or a pilot) descend before making a landing

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let down [phrasal verb]
1 let (someone) down
1 a : to fail to give help or support to (someone who needs or expects it) :disappoint

I promised Mary that I'd help her, and I can't let her down.

It's my fault we lost the game. I let the team down.

He never lets down a friend in need.

— sometimes used figuratively

His judgment let him down. [=his judgment was poor; he made a bad decision]

1 b : to make (someone) unhappy or displeased by not being as good as expected

The end of the story really let me down. = I felt let down by the end of the story. [=the end of the story was disappointing]

— see also letdown
2
◇ To let someone down easy/gently is to give someone unpleasant news in a gentle or kind way.

She tried to let him down gently when she told him he didn't get the job.

I knew I had to fire her, but I was trying to think of a way to let her down easy.

3 let (something) down or let down (something)
3 a : to cause or allow (something) to move down gradually

let a bucket down into a well = let down a bucket into a well

3 b : to make (a skirt, a pair of pants, etc.) longer

The pants were a little too short and needed to be let down a little.

— see also let your hair down at hair
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Main Entry:let

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • let down — {v. phr.} 1. To allow to descend; lower. * /Harry let the chain saw down on a rope and then climbed down himself./ 2. To relax; stop trying so hard; take it easy. * /The horse let down near the end of the race and lost./ * /The team let down in… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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