er; inferior, below par, imperfect; commonplace, mediocre, second-rate, less; subordinate, subaltern, junior, secondary, minor.
lesson, n. 1. assignment, homework, exercise, practice, Inf. day's ration; instruction, teaching, studies; lecture, reading, recitation; example, theorem, axiom, truth, proof, dogma; portion, stint, job, duty, obligation, charge, responsibility.
2. didacticism, didactive narrative, preachings, preachment; parable, apologue, essay, moral fable, allegory; sermon, prelection, discourse; precept, maxim, advice, saying, wise saying, proverb, adage, aphorism, epigram, profound saying, pithy saying.
3. correction, lecture, curtain lecture; warning, a word to the wise, a flea in the ear, notification; hint, sharp hint, caution, caveat, admonition, threat; rap on the knuckles, reproof, chiding, reproval, reproach, rebuke, reprimand, remonstrance, expostulation; scolding, taking to task, talking-to, SI. call-down; piece of one's mind, tongue-lashing, castigation, Inf. bawling out, upbraiding, Inf. raking over coals, Inf. trimming, Inf. roasting, Inf. slam, Inf. slap; denunciation, censure, chastisement, punishment.
4. All Ecclesiastical, lection, pericope, reading, daily reading, text, Rom. Cath. Ch. epistle.
lessor, n. landlord, landlady, Brit, letter, property owner; mortgagee, lender, moneylender, loaner; creditor, credit man, creditress.
lest, conj. for fear that, in order to avoid or prevent, if, perchance.
let, v. 1. allow, permit, give permission or leave to, grant; authorize, sanction, warrant, entitle, empower, enable, license, commission; vouchsafe, favor, privilege; affranchise, give one his head, give carte blanche, give the green light, give the go-ahead, give [s.o.] enough rope; approve of, go along with, submit to, yield, accede to; assent to, agree to, consign, consent to, acquiesce in; admit of, be compatible with, tolerate, countenance, put up with, hear of, Inf stand for, bear, support; suffer, stand, brook, abide, endure.
2. allow to pass or come or go. See - let (def. 5).
3. rent, lease, sublease, sublet, underlet; hire or hire out, farm, job or job out, contract, charter; lend, loan.
4. let down a. disappoint, fail, dissatisfy, disillusion, disenchant,
b. betray, play [s.o.] false, Inf. sell out, Inf. double-cross; desert, abandon, forsake, quit, jilt, leave in the lurch, turn one's back on. c. slacken, abate, mitigate, diminish, lessen, reduce, ease up; loosen, relax.
5. let in admit, open the door to, allow to enter, give access to, give right of entry to, yield passage to, grant or afford entrance to; take in, receive, welcome, greet; accept, include, embrace, incorporate; induct, install, initiate, inaugurate, invest, vest.
6. let off excuse, pardon, forgive, acquit, clear, vindicate, exonerate, absolve; discharge, release, reprieve; disregard, ignore, pass over, gloss over, let pass, let slide; overlook, wink at, shut one's eyes to; neglect, pay no heed or mind, brush aside, push aside, slight.
7. let on Informal,
a. See - let (def. 8). b. pretend, feign, affect, put on, assume, make a show of; make believe, seem, act, simulate, fake; disguise, conceal, mask, wrap, hide, dissimulate.
8. let out a. divulge, make known, disclose, reveal, expose,
b. release, discharge, liberate, set free. c. terminate, stop, end, finish, close.
9. let up Informal,
a. slacken, abate, mitigate, ease up, diminish, lessen, decrease,
b. cease, stop, halt, end, quit, terminate, leave off.
let up on Informal, ease up on, Inf. go easier