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Enable vs. Let — What's the Difference?

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Enable

To supply with the means, knowledge, or opportunity (to do something); make able
A hole in the fence that enabled us to watch.
Techniques that enable surgeons to repair the heart.
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Let

To give permission or opportunity to; allow
I let them borrow the car. The inheritance let us finally buy a house. See Usage Note at leave1.
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Enable

To make feasible or possible
Funds that will enable construction of new schools.
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Let

To cause to; make
Let the news be known.
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Enable

To give legal power, capacity, or sanction to
A law enabling a new federal agency.
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Let

Used as an auxiliary in the imperative to express a command, request, or proposal
Let's finish the job! Let x equal y.
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Enable

To make operational; activate
Enabled the computer's modem.
Enable a nuclear warhead.
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Let

Used as an auxiliary in the imperative to express a warning or threat
Just let her try!.
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Enable

To behave in a manner that facilitates or supports (another's abusive, addictive, or self-destructive behavior).
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Let

To permit to enter, proceed, or depart
Let the dog in.
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Enable

To make somebody able (to do, or to be, something); to give sufficient ability or power to do or to be; to give strength or ability to.
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Let

To release from or as if from confinement
Let the air out of the balloon.
Let out a yelp.
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Enable

To affirm; to make firm and strong.
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Let

To rent or lease
Let rooms.
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Enable

To qualify or approve for some role or position; to render sanction or authorization to; to confirm suitability for.
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Let

To award, especially after bids have been submitted
Let the construction job to a new firm.
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Enable

To yield the opportunity or provide the possibility for something; to provide with means, opportunities, and the like.
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Let

To become rented or leased.
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Enable

To imply or tacitly confer excuse for an action or a behavior.
His parents enabled him to go on buying drugs.
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Let

To be or become assigned, as to a contractor.
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Enable

(electronics) To put a circuit element into action by supplying a suitable input pulse.
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Let

To hinder or obstruct.
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Enable

To activate, to make operational (especially of a function of an electronic or mechanical device).
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Let

Something that hinders; an obstacle
Free to investigate without let or hindrance.
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Enable

To give strength or ability to; to make firm and strong.
Receive the Holy Ghost, said Christ to his apostles, when he enabled them with priestly power.
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Let

(Sports) An invalid stroke in tennis and other net games that requires a replay.
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Enable

To make able (to do, or to be, something); to confer sufficient power upon; to furnish with means, opportunities, and the like; to render competent for; to empower; to endow.
Temperance gives Nature her full play, and enables her to exert herself in all her force and vigor.
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Let

(transitive) To allow to, not to prevent to}}.
After he knocked for hours, I decided to let him come in.
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Enable

Render capable or able for some task;
This skill will enable you to find a job on Wall Street
The rope enables you to secure yourself when you climb the mountain
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Let

(transitive) To allow to be or do without interference; to not disturb or meddle with; to leave (someone or something) alone.
Let me be!
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Let

(transitive) To allow the release of (a fluid).
The physicians let about a pint of his blood, but to no avail.
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Let

(transitive) To allow possession of (a property etc.) in exchange for rent.
I decided to let the farmhouse to a couple while I was working abroad.
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Let

(transitive) To give, grant, or assign, as a work, privilege, or contract; often with out.
To let the building of a bridge;
To let out the lathing and the plastering
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Let

Used to introduce a first or third person imperative verb construction.
Let's put on a show!
Let us have a moment of silence.
Let me just give you the phone number.
Let P be the point where AB and OX intersect.
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Let

To cause + bare infinitive.
Can you let me know what time you'll be arriving?
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Let

(archaic) To hinder, prevent, impede, hamper, cumber; to obstruct (someone or something).
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Let

(obsolete) To prevent someone from doing something; also to prevent something from happening.
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Let

(obsolete) To tarry or delay.
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Let

The allowing of possession of a property etc. in exchange for rent.
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Let

An obstacle or hindrance.
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Let

(tennis) The hindrance caused by the net during serve, only if the ball falls legally.
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Let

To retard; to hinder; to impede; to oppose.
He was so strong that no man might him let.
He who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
Mine ancient wound is hardly whole,And lets me from the saddle.
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Let

To leave; to relinquish; to abandon.
He . . . prayed him his voyage for to let.
Yet neither spins nor cards, ne cares nor frets,But to her mother Nature all her care she lets.
Let me alone in choosing of my wife.
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Let

To consider; to think; to esteem.
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Let

To cause; to make; - used with the infinitive in the active form but in the passive sense; as, let make, i. e., cause to be made; let bring, i. e., cause to be brought.
This irous, cursed wretchLet this knight's son anon before him fetch.
He . . . thus let do slay hem all three.
Anon he let two coffers make.
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Let

To permit; to allow; to suffer; - either affirmatively, by positive act, or negatively, by neglecting to restrain or prevent.
Pharaoh said, I will let you go.
If your name be Horatio, as I am let to know it is.
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Let

To allow to be used or occupied for a compensation; to lease; to rent; to hire out; - often with out; as, to let a farm; to let a house; to let out horses.
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Let

To give, grant, or assign, as a work, privilege, or contract; - often with out; as, to let the building of a bridge; to let out the lathing and the plastering.
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Let

To forbear.
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Let

A retarding; hindrance; obstacle; impediment; delay; - common in the phrase without let or hindrance, but elsewhere archaic.
Consider whether your doings be to the let of your salvation or not.
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Let

A stroke in which a ball touches the top of the net in passing over.
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Let

The most brutal terrorist group active in Kashmir; fights against India with the goal of restoring Islamic rule of India;
Lashkar-e-Toiba has committed mass murders of civilian Hindus
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Let

A serve that strikes the net before falling into the receiver's court; the ball must be served again
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Let

Make it possible through a specific action or lack of action for something to happen;
This permits the water to rush in
This sealed door won't allow the water come into the basement
This will permit the rain to run off
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Let

Actively cause something to happen;
I let it be known that I was not interested
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Let

Consent to, give permission;
She permitted her son to visit her estranged husband
I won't let the police search her basement
I cannot allow you to see your exam
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Let

Cause to move; cause to be in a certain position or condition;
He got his squad on the ball
This let me in for a big surprise
He got a girl into trouble
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Let

Leave unchanged;
Let it be
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Let

Grant use or occupation of under a term of contract;
I am leasing my country estate to some foreigners
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