Middle English Dictionary Entry

lēthen v.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) To free (sb.), let loose, set free; also, spare (sb.), save; (b) to loosen (bonds, a knot); also fig.; (c) to lessen the pressure on (one's heel).
(a) To assuage (sorrow), mitigate (harm, misfortune, the heat of grief or anger); ?heal (a patient or a disease); (b) to restrain (one's blows); ~ of, refrain from (wicked actions); (c) to lower (sth.); fig. humble (a proud heart).
To cease or subside; of the sun: become darkened; of a storm, the sea: subside; of grief: be assuaged; of life: cease.