Definitions of lest

  1. that ( after verbs explicitly expressing fear etc.); " he worried lest he should be late"
  2. for fear that; " she tiptoed lest her mother should hear her"
  3. To listen.
  4. Last; least.
  5. For fear that; that . . . not; in order that . . . not.
  6. That ( without the negative particle); - after certain expressions denoting fear or apprehension.
  7. That not; for fear that; as, Take heed lest ye fall; used after expressions indicating fear, anxiety, etc.
  8. That not: for fear that.
  9. In order that not; for fear that.
  10. For fear that; that ... not.

Usage examples for lest

  1. All the ladies, however, appeared to her to court the admiration of Vereza, and she trembled lest he should be too sensible of the distinction. – A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe
  2. I am afraid every moment lest he will strike you. – Four Arthurian Romances "Erec et Enide", "Cliges", "Yvain", and "Lancelot" by Chretien DeTroyes
  3. When thee was so ill I would often lie awake whole nights thinking and trembling lest thee should die. – A Day Of Fate by E. P. Roe
  4. She told me not to go out of the garden lest I should get lost; but if I keep in the road, I can't get lost! – Dramatic Reader for Lower Grades by Florence Holbrook
  5. I'll take no leave, lest they either dog me, or stay me. – The Works of Aphra Behn, Vol. I (of 6) by Aphra Behn
  6. She sat rigid, afraid to move lest she should fall. – The Way of an Eagle by Ethel M. Dell
  7. He'll not sleep upon the way, and he'll take no food lest he should sleep. – The Turnstile by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
  8. At the back of his mind lay an uneasy fear lest that girl business should spoil everything. – Command by William McFee
  9. " He has been there these two hours," said Mrs. Langton, smiling, " and you never even saw him, which I hold very unkind to me; for, thinking you would like to meet your friend, I asked a card from Bertha, and did not mention the name to her, lest you should not enjoy the surprise. – Daisy Burns (Volume 2) by Julia Kavanagh
  10. For the common people both of the Citie and of the countrey feared lest in his absence some newe calamitie might happen; which they feared not while he was present. – The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation, v. 1, Northern Europe by Richard Hakluyt
  11. She had managed so far to be always ready before the others, lest they complain. – Si'Wren of the Patriarchs by Roland Cheney
  12. I was afraid of speaking and asking Chickango what he advised, lest the elephant might hear us. – In the Wilds of Africa by W.H.G. Kingston
  13. Dear Hubert, spare me- I dare not say more, lest I say too much. – Hilda Wade A Woman With Tenacity Of Purpose by Grant Allen
  14. And while this talk was going on the Elephant, the Clown, and the other Christmas toys were very much worried lest their part in the fun be found out. – The Story of a Stuffed Elephant by Laura Lee Hope
  15. He must hurry lest the spell will start working. – The White Feather Hex by Don Peterson
  16. I will say no more lest I say too much. – Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland by Joseph Tatlow
  17. Write quickly, lest we be discovered. – The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason
  18. But she continued to sing, lest any of the women should be listening from a distance. – Khaled, A Tale of Arabia by F. Marion Crawford
  19. I have sometimes feared since, lest I cared for her only because she was so necessary to my own safety; but, no! – The Grey Woman and other Tales by Mrs. (Elizabeth) Gaskell
  20. He was especially timid, and lived in a perpetual fear lest the newspapers should say something hard of him. – The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope