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Lat, v.2 Also: latt, late. P.t. lattit. P.p. lattit, -et; lattin. [Var. (? chiefly Sc.) of Let v. OED. lists, but does not illustrate, the following ME. forms: pres. t. laten (13th c.), latte (13th c.), p.p. lated, y-lat; the pres.t. form lat is cited from a text of Chaucer's Troylus.]

1. tr. To hinder, obstruct, restrain, prevent. With various objects and constructions: see Let v. 1. (1) Na for to lat his passione That to resawe he wes than bown; Leg. S. i. 699.
Fore wedand joy … Lattis al suthfast gud knawleges; Ratis R. 796.
The luf that ane of thire has to Jhesu lattis na hyndris nocht the luf that ane vthire has to him; Irland Mir. fol. 250.
The personal gudnes … of the medycinare … nouthire causis na lattis the heill of the seik persoune; Ib. fol. 290.
That men may heir foulis syng … on athir syd of the land bot wynd or wedder lat it; Asl. MS. I. 156/23.
Lufe … Lattis laubour; Rolland Ct. Venus i. 326.
I sall nother wite … harme … till hyme bot I sall … late it & defend it at my power; 1482 Reg. Morton II. 246.
Sal nocthir wytt … his daumage … bot … sall stopp and latt the sammin at the vtermast; 1545 Wemyss Chart. 171.
I sall warne thame of thair skaith, latt it at my powar; 1616 Aberd. B. Rec. II. 346.
(b) To-day my fleing sall not be Lattit for thé, I vnderta; Alex. i. 285.
(2) Proponand tham that distinctiue To lat thame with hym for to stryfe; Leg. S. v. 298.
Rukis bigande in … treis … it is ordanyt at thai that sik treis pertenys to lat thame to byg; 1424 Acts II. 6/1.
Ire … lattis the wyt to determine trewly betuex gud and ill; Wisd. Sol. 806.
Jhone of Cullace … perturbis and lattis the inhabitantis off the citte of Brechine til … laubur thar commone, … to ces that thai lat nocht na perturbe nocht the said inhabitantis to jois [etc.]; 1450 Reg. Brechin I. 127.
The gudnes ore euill lif of the man … lattis nocht the corne to grow; Irland Mir. fol. 290.
All thai that fordois bairne consavit … or lattis thaime to consave for helyng of synne; c 1500 Rathen Manual 27/1.
The branchis lattis it to get aire; Seven S. 333.
Thow hes na breik to latt thy bollokis gyngill [R. to gingill]; Dunb. Flyt. 119.
To fle micht no man lat him [: sat, at, gat him]; Christis K. 146.
Quha may latter [sc. lat hir], ane wyfe to clatter; Dum Wyf 89.
Gude counsall … lattis all thing for to ga wrang; Rolland Seven S. 4747.
That, ȝe wat, may lat a man to love; Montg. Misc. P. xxxiv. 46.
And [I] sall lat sic thing to be done to him at al my power; 1512 Elphinstone Mun. 18.
(b) The saule has mony synnis venial and is gretlie lattit that that it may nocht rys; Irland Mir. fol. 283 b.
(3) The Bruce said, ‘Nay, thar lattis me a thing’; Wall. x. 604.
That nane of ȝow tak apon haund to lat, stop … or molest our said cousing … in the brouking … of the said landis; 1507 Crim. Trials I. 108.
Scho will claver quhat scho pleis, We devillis can nawayis latt hir; Dum Wyf .
Archibald Maxvaile salbe harmeles and skaithles of him and al that he may lat; 1496 Acta Conc. II. 14.
The said Andro salbe harmles and skaythles of him and all that he may latt in tyme cuming; 1569 Canongate Ct. Bk. 80.
That he … nor nane that he may lat, sall … trubill … the Kingis majesteis caneris [etc.]; 1583 Exch. R. XXI. 557.
Cautioun for keiping of the Kingis peace … for him self and all that he micht stop or lat; Spalding I. 63.
That he nor nane of his quhom he may stop or latt sall not trubill … Niniane Ker; 1666 Rothesay B. Rec. 128.
(b) For greit cald as than I lattit was; Henr. Test. Cress. 27.
Ane lettre to be pennit … to schaw the nichtbouris the mater with the townis guid will to thair wark lattet throw inhabilitie; 1586 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 461.
Quhilk wikket intentioun thay had nocht failȝet … to haif put in practize, gif thay had nocht bene lattin be the intervening tryall; 1615 Crim. Trials III. 357.
(4) Ony spot of villan deidis … that mycht lat him of his interpris; 1586 Lindsay MS. 38.
(5) The mwne … As it passis betwix oure sycht, … [of] the swne lattis ws the lycht; Wynt. viii. 5532.
(6) absol. The said James come … to laye furth tham at was thair … ; Na man was thair to lat; 1551 Prot. Bk. W. Corbet (S.R.S.) 14.
That he … sould be harmles and skaithles … of his lordschip … and of the said brokin men in sua far as he micht stop or lat; Spalding I. 60.

2. a. To forbear to do something. b. absol. To leave off, desist. a. Ȝeit hyr to luff I will nocht lat forthy; Wall. vi. 37.
On ladronis for to loip ȝe wyll nocht lat; Lynd. Answ. Flyting 50.
b. I sall … nothir latt for pes na ȝour plesance; Wall. iv. 65.
The Frenche men … faucht out fersly as before, And lattit nocht for thi the more; Wynt. viii. 6740 (C).

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