- 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.
allow definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English alowen ; from Old French alouer ; from Midieval Latin allocare, allocate; associated, association with Old French alouer ; from Classical Latin allaudare, to extol ; from ad-, to plush laudare, to praise
allow definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb al·lowed, al·low·ing, al·lows verb, transitive
- 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 U.S. 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: Middle 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.
- al·lowˈa·ble adjective
- al·lowˈa·bly adverb
allow - Phrases/Idioms