- The definition of allow means to permit or to give permission.
An example of allow is a mother letting her teenager have a later curfew.
- to let do, happen, etc.; permit; let: we weren't allowed to go
- to let have: she allowed herself no sweets
- to let enter or stay: dogs are not allowed
- to admit (a claim or the like); acknowledge as true or valid
- to provide or allot (a certain amount, period of time, etc.) for a purpose: allow an inch for shrinkage
- to think; give as one's opinion
- to intend
Origin of allowMiddle English alowen ; from Old French alouer ; from Medieval Latin allocare, allocate; associated, association with Old French alouer ; from Classical Latin allaudare, to extol ; from ad-, to + laudare, to praise
verbal·lowed, al·low·ing, al·lows
- To let do or happen; permit: We allow smoking only in restricted areas.
- To permit the presence of: No pets are allowed inside.
- To permit to have: allow oneself a little treat.
- To make provision for; assign: The schedule allows time for a coffee break.
- To plan for in case of need: allow two inches in the fabric for shrinkage.
- To grant as a discount or in exchange: allowed me 20 dollars on my old typewriter.
- Chiefly Southern & Midland US a. To admit; concede: I allowed he was right.b. To think; suppose: “We allow he's straight” (American Speech).c. To assert; declare: Mother allowed that we'd better come in for dinner.
- To offer a possibility; admit: The poem allows of several interpretations.
- To take a possibility into account; make allowance: In calculating profit, retailers must allow for breakage and spoilage.
Origin of allowMiddle English allouen, to approve, permit, from Old French alouer, from Latin allaudāre, to praise (ad-, intensive pref.; see ad– + laudāre, to praise; see Laud ) and from Medieval Latin allocāre, to assign; see allocate.
(third-person singular simple present allows, present participle allowing, simple past and past participle allowed)
- To grant, give, admit, accord, afford, or yield; to let one have.
- to allow a servant his liberty; to allow a free passage; to allow one day for rest
- To acknowledge; to accept as true; to concede; to accede to an opinion.
- to allow a right; to allow a claim; to allow the truth of a proposition
- To grant (something) as a deduction or an addition; especially to abate or deduct.
- To allow a sum for leakage.
- To grant license to; to permit; to consent to.
- To allow a son to be absent.
- Smoking allowed only in designated areas.
- To not bar or obstruct.
- Although I don't consent to their holding such meetings, I will allow them for the time being.
- (intransitive) To acknowledge or concede.
- To take into account by making an allowance.
- When calculating a budget for a construction project, always allow for contingencies.
- To render physically possible.
- We commend his pains, condemn his pride, allow his life, approve his learning.