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 Dictionary entry overview: What does let out mean? 

LET OUT (verb)
  The verb LET OUT has 4 senses:

1. express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)
2. make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret
3. bring out of a specific state
4. make (clothes) larger

  Familiarity information: LET OUT used as a verb is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

LET OUT (verb)

Sense 1let out [BACK TO TOP]


Express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing


let loose; let out; utter; emit

Context examples:

She let out a big heavy sigh / He uttered strange sounds that nobody could understand

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

chirr (make a vibrant noise, of grasshoppers or cicadas)

meow; mew (cry like a cat)

quack (utter quacking noises)

hoot (utter the characteristic sound of owls)

cronk; honk (cry like a goose)

hiss; sibilate; siss; sizz (make a sharp hissing sound, as if to show disapproval)

churr; whirr (make a vibrant sound, as of some birds)

cheep; chirp; chirrup; peep; twirp (make high-pitched sounds; of birds)

bellow; roar (make a loud noise, as of animal)

baa; blat; blate; bleat (cry plaintively)

bark (make barking sounds)

howl; wrawl; yammer; yowl (cry loudly, as of animals)

growl; grumble; rumble (to utter or emit low dull rumbling sounds)

groan; moan; sough (indicate pain, discomfort, or displeasure)

sibilate (utter a sibilant)

bray; hee-haw (braying characteristic of donkeys)

oink; squeal (utter a high-pitched cry, characteristic of pigs)

smack (press (the lips) together and open (the lips) noisily, as in eating)

sing (to make melodious sounds)

croak; cronk (utter a hoarse sound, like a raven)

hem (utter 'hem' or 'ahem')

haw (utter 'haw')

mew (utter a high-pitched cry, as of seagulls)

caw (utter a cry, characteristic of crows, rooks, or ravens)

gargle (utter with gargling or burbling sounds)

neigh; nicker; whicker; whinny (make a characteristic sound, of a horse)

gobble (make a gurgling sound, characteristic of turkeys)

cackle (squawk shrilly and loudly, characteristic of hens)

low; moo (make a low noise, characteristic of bovines)

clack; click; cluck (make a clucking sounds, characteristic of hens)

give (emit or utter)

spit; spit out (utter with anger or contempt)

cry (utter a characteristic sound)

gurgle (utter with a gurgling sound)

shoot (utter fast and forcefully)

call (utter a characteristic note or cry)

echo; repeat (to say again or imitate)

tsk; tut; tut-tut (utter 'tsk,' 'tut,' or 'tut-tut,' as in disapproval)

miaou; miaow (make a cat-like sound)

call; cry; holler; hollo; scream; shout; shout out; squall; yell (utter a sudden loud cry)

coo (cry softly, as of pigeons)

trumpet (utter in trumpet-like sounds)

crow (utter shrill sounds)

crow (express pleasure verbally)

gibber (chatter inarticulately; of monkeys)

nasale (speak in a nasal voice)

bite out (utter)

sigh (utter with a sigh)

snort (indicate contempt by breathing noisily and forcefully through the nose)

wolf-whistle (whistle or howl approvingly at a female, of males)

grunt (issue a grunting, low, animal-like noise)

hoot (to utter a loud clamorous shout)

deliver (utter (an exclamation, noise, etc.))

splutter; sputter (utter with a spitting sound, as if in a rage)

chorus (utter in unison)

heave (utter a sound, as with obvious effort)

break into (express or utter spontaneously)

volley (utter rapidly)

pant (utter while panting, as if out of breath)

lift (make audible)

troat (emit a cry intended to attract other animals; used especially of animals at rutting time)

call (utter in a loud voice or announce)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

Sense 2let out [BACK TO TOP]


Make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing


let on; divulge; disclose; reveal; unwrap; expose; give away; let out; impart; discover; bring out; break

Context examples:

The auction house would not disclose the price at which the van Gogh had sold / The actress won't reveal how old she is / bring out the truth / he broke the news to her / unwrap the evidence in the murder case

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

tell (let something be known)


break; get around; get out (be released or become known; of news)

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

blackwash (bring (information) out of concealment)

reveal (disclose directly or through prophets)

babble; babble out; blab; blab out; let the cat out of the bag; peach; sing; spill the beans; talk; tattle (divulge confidential information or secrets)

leak (tell anonymously)

confide (reveal in private; tell confidentially)

betray; bewray (reveal unintentionally)

spring (produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly)

come out; come out of the closet; out (to state openly and publicly one's homosexuality)

out (reveal (something) about somebody's identity or lifestyle)

blow (cause to be revealed and jeopardized)

muckrake (explore and expose misconduct and scandals concerning public figures)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s something to somebody
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Sense 3let out [BACK TO TOP]


Bring out of a specific state

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging


bring out; let out

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

let go; let go of; release; relinquish (release, as from one's grip)

Sentence frames:

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

Sense 4let out [BACK TO TOP]


Make (clothes) larger

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.


widen; let out

Context example:

Let out that dress--I gained a lot of weight

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

alter; change; vary (make or become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


take in (make (clothes) smaller)

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