Meanings

1.
to let go, to slacken, to relent
(Notable English members of that family are "let", "last", "late" and "lenient".)
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Word Family

Root: *le(i)-

The core idea of this root was:

letting go, slacken off, relenting

And we can still see this sense in the English offspring, like last, let, lenient, latter or late.

By the way, the words relax and and release, though they would fit in here, apparently come from a different root.

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