let out

verb
1. make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret (Freq. 2)
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The auction house would not disclose the price at which the van Gogh had sold

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The actress won't reveal how old she is

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bring out the truth

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he broke the news to her

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unwrap the evidence in the murder case

Syn:
unwrap, ↑disclose, ↑let on, ↑bring out, ↑reveal, ↑discover, ↑expose, ↑divulge, ↑break, ↑give away
Derivationally related forms:
giveaway (for: ↑give away), ↑divulgement (for: ↑divulge), ↑divulgence (for: ↑divulge), ↑exposure (for: ↑expose), ↑expose (for: ↑expose), ↑discovery (for: ↑discover), ↑revelation (for: ↑reveal), ↑revealing (for: ↑reveal), ↑disclosure (for: ↑disclose)
Hypernyms: ↑tell
Hyponyms:
Verb Group: ↑break, ↑get out, ↑get around
Cause: ↑break, ↑get out, ↑get around
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Something ——s something

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Somebody ——s something to somebody

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Somebody ——s that CLAUSE

2. express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words) (Freq. 2)
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She let out a big heavy sigh

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He uttered strange sounds that nobody could understand

Syn: ↑utter, ↑emit, ↑let loose
Derivationally related forms: ↑utterable (for: ↑utter), ↑utterer (for: ↑utter), ↑utterance (for: ↑utter)
Hyponyms:
call, ↑gibber, ↑crow, ↑trumpet, ↑coo, ↑shout, ↑shout out, ↑cry, ↑yell, ↑scream, ↑holler, ↑hollo, ↑squall, ↑miaou, ↑miaow, ↑tsk, ↑tut, ↑tut-tut, ↑repeat, ↑echo, ↑shoot, ↑gurgle, ↑nasale, ↑bite out, ↑sigh, ↑troat, ↑lift, ↑pant, ↑volley, ↑break into, ↑heave, ↑chorus, ↑sputter, ↑splutter, ↑deliver, ↑hoot, ↑grunt, ↑wolf-whistle, ↑snort, ↑spit, ↑spit out, ↑groan, ↑moan, ↑grumble, ↑growl, ↑rumble, ↑howl, ↑wrawl, ↑yammer, ↑yowl, ↑bark, ↑bleat, ↑blate, ↑blat, ↑baa, ↑bellow, ↑roar, ↑peep, ↑cheep, ↑chirp, ↑chirrup, ↑churr, ↑whirr, ↑chirr, ↑meow, ↑mew, ↑quack, ↑honk, ↑cronk, ↑hiss, ↑siss, ↑sizz, ↑sibilate, ↑hee-haw, ↑bray, ↑squeal, ↑oink, ↑cluck, ↑click, ↑clack, ↑moo, ↑low, ↑cackle, ↑gobble, ↑neigh, ↑nicker, ↑whicker, ↑whinny, ↑gargle, ↑caw, ↑haw, ↑hem, ↑croak, ↑sing, ↑smack, ↑give
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Something ——s something

3. bring out of a specific state
Syn: ↑bring out
Hypernyms: ↑let go of, ↑let go, ↑release, ↑relinquish
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s somebody PP

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Somebody ——s something PP

4. make (clothes) larger
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Let out that dress—I gained a lot of weight

Syn: ↑widen
Ant: ↑take in
Hypernyms: ↑change, ↑alter, ↑vary
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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(of lessons at school, a meeting, or an entertainment) finish, so that those attending are able to leave

his classes let out at noon

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let out [phrasal verb]
1 let (something or someone) out or let out (something or someone) : to release (something or someone)

She let out a scream. [=she screamed]

They let the prisoner out (of prison) for the weekend. = The prisoner was let out for the weekend.

Let the clutch out slowly.

— see also ↑letout
2 let (something) out or let out (something) : to make (a shirt, a pair of pants, etc.) larger

The skirt is too tight and needs to be let out a little.

let out a pair of pants

— opposite take in at take, 1
3 US, of a school : to end a semester, year, or session

School lets out in June.

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Main Entry:let

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ˌlet ˈout derived
(NAmE) (of school classes, films/movies, meetings, etc.) to come to an end, so that it is time for people to leave

The movie has just let out.

Main entry:letderived

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • let out — {v.} 1a. To allow to go out or escape. * /The guard let the prisoners out of jail to work in the garden./ * /Mother won t let us out when it rains./ Compare: LET LOOSE. 1b. {informal} To make (a sound) come out of the mouth; utter. * /A bee stung …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • let out — {v.} 1a. To allow to go out or escape. * /The guard let the prisoners out of jail to work in the garden./ * /Mother won t let us out when it rains./ Compare: LET LOOSE. 1b. {informal} To make (a sound) come out of the mouth; utter. * /A bee stung …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • let·out — /ˈlɛtˌaʊt/ noun, pl outs [count] Brit informal : something (such as an excuse or a part of a contract) that makes it possible to avoid doing something Is there no letout I can use to get out of attending the meeting? see also let out at ↑let, 1 …   Useful english dictionary

  • let out — ► let out 1) utter (a sound or cry). 2) make (a garment) looser or larger. Main Entry: ↑let …   English terms dictionary

  • let out — index communicate, disband, discharge (liberate), disengage, disenthrall, emit, free (not restricted …   Law dictionary

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  • let out — phrasal verb Word forms let out : present tense I/you/we/they let out he/she/it lets out present participle letting out past tense let out past participle let out 1) a) [transitive] to allow a person or animal to leave a place Would you let the… …   English dictionary

  • let out — v. (esp. BE) (B) to let out rooms to students (see also rent out) * * * [ let aʊt] let out go (esp. BE) (B) to let out rooms to students (see also rent out) let s (verbal form) (F) let out continue …   Combinatory dictionary

  • let out — 1) PHRASAL VERB If something or someone lets water, air, or breath out, they allow it to flow out or escape. [V n P] It lets sunlight in but doesn t let heat out... [V P n (not pron)] Meer let out his breath in a long sigh. 2) PHRASAL VERB If you …   English dictionary

  • let out — 1) allow to go out or escape I let out our dog this morning and he hasn t come home yet. 2) allow to be known, tell They let out the details of the restructuring plan late last night so we haven t had time to talk about them yet. 3) make longer… …   Idioms and examples

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