Dictionary: Letter L

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lag behind (insep) Move more slowly than others.

lap up [lap something up] accept (attention, admiration, information, praise) Believe or accept with great pleasure.

lash out criticize [lash out, lash out at somebody] (insep) Criticize or speak to angrily. hit out

lay down [lay something down] (the law, rules, conditions, price limits, speed limits, arms) Establish what must be done.

lay off [lay somebody off] sack (workers, staff, men, employees) Tell a worker to leave their job because there is no work for them to do anymore.

let down [let somebody down] Disappoint.

let down [let something down] (bucket, rope, plane, tyre, balloon) Lower or deflate.

idiom Let your hair down When you let you hair down, you relax and enjoy yourself freely.

let in [let somebody in] Allow to come into a place.

let off 1 [let somebody off] Give a light punishment or no punishment at all.

2 [let something off] (gun, rifle, bomb, fireworks, cracker, rocket, steam) Fire or make something explode. go off

let on [let something on] (secret) Reveal a secret.

let out 1 release [let somebody out, let something out] Release; Allow to leave a place, usually by unlocking the door.

2 (cry, scream, yell, sigh, shout, gasp) Make a loud sound.

3 (dress, skirt, trousers) Make clothes wider.

4 (room, house) Rent.

let up (insep) (cough, crisis, pain, rain) Become less strong or stop.

lie down (insep) Put your body in a flat position to rest or sleep.

light up 1 Start smoking.

2 Make bright or full of light.

line up [line somebody up, line something up] Put people or things in a row.

live down [live something down] Behave in such a way that people forget about some unpleasant thing you did in the past.

live in (insep) Live in the same place you work or study.

live off/on 1 [live off/on somebody/something] (insep) (interest, land, money, savings, ) Be the main source of money.

2 survive on Eat a lot of something.

3 continue existing [live on] (insep) (dream, memory) Continues to exist, usually after somebody's death or some difficulty.

liven up [liven something up] (party, flat, kitchen, meeting) Make something more interesting or exciting. jazz up, sex up

live up to [live up to something] (expectations, reputation, name, principles, promises, ideals) Be or do what people expect. match up to

log off [log off, Log off something] Exit a computer system.

log on [log on, Log on to something] Enter a computer system.

look after [look after somebody] (insep) (children, baby, patient) Take care of somebody or something.

look round/around 1 (insep) Turn to look at something behind you or look in different differections.

2 [look round something, look around something] Visit.

3 (job, flat) Go to different places looking for something.

look back Try to remember the past.

look for [look for somebody, look for something] (insep) Try to find somebody or something.

look foward to [look forward to something].- (insep) Be happy about a future event because you know you will enjoy it.

look up 1 (things, business, trade) Improve.

2 [look somebody up] Contact somebody and pay them a visit after not having seen them for some time or because you happen to be where they live.

3 [look something up] (word, number, information, time) Find some information in a dictionary or reference book.

look up to [look up to somebody] Admire and respect somebody.

lump together [lump something together] Put things in one group or treat them in the same way.

 

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