Definition of 'lest'

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Example sentences containing 'lest'

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Most politicians try to limit their association with hogs, lest people get the wrong idea. Times, Sunday Times (2017)He was in terrible fear lest it should conquer him. George MacDonald The Princess and the Curdie (1883)We struggle to fix our focus and perfect our timing lest one of them drop. Christianity Today (2000)She was reduced to dread lest she should become a mother. George Eliot Daniel Deronda (1876)Others hide it away lest people find out how odd it is. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Who wants real, sad victims made fearful of coming forward lest their case fails? Times, Sunday Times (2014)Lest anyone thinks otherwise, these things matter to him. Times, Sunday Times (2016)I lived in fear lest we lost. Times, Sunday Times (2009)By the time they are offered work they fear taking it lest it dries up and they have to repeat the process all over again. Times, Sunday Times (2010)She feared lest if she stayed at the Hall a shorter time the Squire might be annoyed. Elizabeth Gaskell Wives and Daughters (1864)I shall not divulge the shocking ending lest one judge the whole movie sight unseen, which could be fatal. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Which, lest anyone forgets, you have paid for. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Should anything farther remain, let it be kept, lest any one should have to leave the country from poverty. Kishlansky, Mark A. (editor) Sources of the West: Readings in Western Civilization, Volume 1: From the Beginning to 1715 (1995)He was horribly afraid of coming: but he was still more afraid of staying away, lest any one should suspect him. Charles Kingsley The Water Babies (1863)Lest one be accused of building up the 21-year-old to knock him over, he has come of age in the past four months. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Fear and terrible feelings - fear lest I was deceived. Times, Sunday Times (2008)

Synonyms of 'lest'

in case, in order to avoid, for fear that, in order to prevent

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In Common Usage. lest is one of the 10000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary

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Translations for 'lest'

British English: lest CONJUNCTION
If you do something lest something unpleasant should happen, you do it to try to prevent the unpleasant thing from happening.
I was afraid to open the door lest he should follow me.
  • American English: lest
  • Brazilian Portuguese: para que não
  • Chinese: 以免
  • European Spanish: no vaya a ser que
  • French: de peur que
  • German: für den Fall dass
  • Italian: nel timore che
  • Japanese: ~するといけないから
  • Korean: 하지 않도록
  • European Portuguese: para que não
  • Spanish: no vaya a ser que


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