lest

/lest/, conj.
1. for fear that; so that (one) should not (used negatively to introduce a clause expressive of an action or occurrence requiring caution): He kept his notes by his side lest faulty memory lead him astray.
2. that (used after words expressing fear, danger, etc.): There was danger lest the plan become known.
[bef. 1000; ME leste, contr. of the lesse the, thi les the; late OE the laeste, earlier thy laes the, lit., whereby less that (thy instrumental case of the demonstrative and relative pronoun, laes LESS, the relative particle)]

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  • lest — [lest] conj literary [: Old English; Origin: thy lAs the by which less that ] 1.) in order to make sure that something will not happen ▪ She turned away from the window lest anyone see them. 2.) used to show that someone is afraid or worried that …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Lest — Lest, conj. [OE. leste, fr. AS. [eth][=y] l[=ae]s [eth][=e] the less that, where [eth][=y] is the instrumental case of the definite article, and [eth][=e] is an indeclinable relative particle, that, who, which. See {The}, {Less}, a.] 1. For fear… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lest — [ lest ] conjunction FORMAL in case something unpleasant happens: Helen turned the radio down lest she should miss the phone ringing. lest we forget OFTEN HUMOROUS used when reminding people of something very important: He saved a political party …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • lest — /lɛst / (say lest) conjunction 1. for fear that; that … not; so that … not. 2. (after words expressing fear, danger, etc.) that: there was danger lest the plan become known. {Middle English leste, late Old English the lǣste, earlier thȳ lǣs… …   Australian English dictionary

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