Allow meaning

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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.

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To let do or happen; permit.

We allow smoking only in restricted areas.

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To permit to have.

Allow oneself a little treat.

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To permit the presence of.

No pets are allowed inside.

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To make provision for; assign.

The schedule allows time for a coffee break.

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To grant as a discount or in exchange.

Allowed me 20 dollars on my old typewriter.

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To let do, happen, etc.; permit; let.

We weren't allowed to go.

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To let have.

She allowed herself no sweets.

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To take a possibility into account; make allowance.

In calculating profit, retailers must allow for breakage and spoilage.

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To plan for in case of need.

Allow two inches in the fabric for shrinkage.

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To let enter or stay.

Dogs are not allowed.

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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.

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(intransitive) To acknowledge or concede.
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To take into account by making an allowance.

When calculating a budget for a construction project, always allow for contingencies.

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To render physically possible.
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Fuller.

We commend his pains, condemn his pride, allow his life, approve his learning.

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To offer a possibility; admit.

The poem allows of several interpretations.

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To admit (a claim or the like); acknowledge as true or valid.
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To provide or allot (a certain amount, period of time, etc.) for a purpose.

Allow an inch for shrinkage.

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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.

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To grant (something) as a deduction or an addition; especially to abate or deduct.

To allow a sum for leakage.

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To grant license to; to permit; to consent to.

To allow a son to be absent.

Smoking allowed only in designated areas.

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To not bar or obstruct.

Although I don't consent to their holding such meetings, I will allow them for the time being.

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allow for
  • to make allowance, provision, etc. for; keep in mind
    allow for the difference in their ages.
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allow of
  • to be subject to; admit of
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

allow of

Origin of allow

  • Middle English allouen to approve, permit from Old French alouer from Latin allaudāre to praise (ad- intensive pref. ad–) (laudāre to praise laud) and from Medieval Latin allocāre to assign allocate

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English allouen, from Old French alouer , from Medieval Latin allaudāre, present active infinitive of allaudō, merged with alouer, from Medieval Latin allocō (“to assign”).

    From Wiktionary