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 Dictionary entry overview: What does let down mean? 

LET DOWN (verb)
  The verb LET DOWN has 2 senses:

1. move something or somebody to a lower position
2. fail to meet the hopes or expectations of

  Familiarity information: LET DOWN used as a verb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

LET DOWN (verb)

Sense 1let down [BACK TO TOP]


Move something or somebody to a lower position

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming


bring down; let down; lower; take down; get down

Context example:

take down the vase from the shelf

Hypernyms (to "let down" is one way to...):

displace; move (cause to move, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense)


come down; descend; fall; go down (move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "let down"):

reef (lower and bring partially inboard)

depress (lower (prices or markets))

dip (lower briefly)

incline (lower or bend (the head or upper body), as in a nod or bow)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s somebody PP
Somebody ----s something PP

Sense 2let down [BACK TO TOP]


Fail to meet the hopes or expectations of

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling


disappoint; let down

Context example:

Her boyfriend let her down when he did not propose marriage

Hypernyms (to "let down" is one way to...):

baffle; bilk; cross; foil; frustrate; queer; scotch; spoil; thwart (hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "let down"):

betray; fail (disappoint, prove undependable to; abandon, forsake)

come short; fall short (fail to meet (expectations or standards))

disenchant; disillusion (free from enchantment)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence example:

The performance is likely to let down Sue

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