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Definitions of lest

  1. that (after verbs explicitly expressing fear etc.); "he worried lest he should be late" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. for fear that; "she tiptoed lest her mother should hear her" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. To listen. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  4. Lust; desire; pleasure. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Last; least. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. For fear that; that . . . not; in order that . . . not. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. That (without the negative particle); - after certain expressions denoting fear or apprehension. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. That not; for fear that; as, Take heed lest ye fall; used after expressions indicating fear, anxiety, etc. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. That not: for fear that. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. In order that not; for fear that. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. For fear that; that ... not. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  12. Fr. In French maritime law. Ballast. Ord. Mar. liv. 4, tit. 4, art. 1. thelawdictionary.org
  13. That without the negative particle; -- after certain expressions denoting fear or apprehension. mso.anu.edu.au
  14. That (without the negative particle); after certain expressions denoting fear or apprehension. dictgcide_fs
  15. lest, conj. that not: for fear that. [From the A.S. phrase ðý læs ðe (for the reason less that=L. quominus), the first word being dropped, while the others coalesced into lest.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  16. lest, v.i. (Spens.) to listen. gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  17. In order that-not, for fear that; (after fear vb or n., & similar words) that. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  18. conj. [Anglo-Saxon] That not; for fear that. Cabinet Dictionary

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