An example of allow is a mother letting her teenager have a later curfew.
We allow smoking only in restricted areas.
Allow oneself a little treat.
No pets are allowed inside.
The schedule allows time for a coffee break.
Allowed me 20 dollars on my old typewriter.
We weren't allowed to go.
She allowed herself no sweets.
In calculating profit, retailers must allow for breakage and spoilage.
Allow two inches in the fabric for shrinkage.
Dogs are not allowed.
To allow a servant his liberty; to allow a free passage; to allow one day for rest.
We commend his pains, condemn his pride, allow his life, approve his learning.
The poem allows of several interpretations.
Allow an inch for shrinkage.
To allow a right; to allow a claim; to allow the truth of a proposition.
To allow a son to be absent.
Smoking allowed only in designated areas.
- to make allowance, provision, etc. for; keep in mindallow for the difference in their ages.
- to be subject to; admit of
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of allow
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”).