Definitions for: Allow


[v] allow or plan for a certain possibility; concede the truth or validity of something; "I allow for this possibility"; "The seamstress planned for 5% shrinkage after the first wash"
[v] give or assign a share of money or time to a particular person or cause; "I will earmark this money for your research"
[v] give permission; "She permitted her son to visit her estranged husband"; "I won't let the police search her basement"; "I cannot allow you to see your exam"
[v] allow the presence of or allow (an activity) without opposing or prohibiting; "We don't allow dogs here"; "Children are not permitted beyond this point"; "We cannot tolerate smoking in the hospital"
[v] let have; "grant permission"; "Mandela was allowed few visitors in prison"
[v] grant as a discount or in exchange; "The camera store owner allowed me $50 on my old camera"
[v] make it possible through a specific action or lack of action for something to happen; "This permits the water to rush in"; "This sealed door won't allow the water come into the basement"; "This will permit the rain to run off"
[v] allow the other team to score; "give up a run", in baseball
[v] make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain; "This leaves no room for improvement"; "The evidence allows only one conclusion"; "allow for mistakes"; "leave lots of time for the trip"
[v] afford possibility; "This problem admits of no solution"; "This short story allows of several different interpretations"



Webster (1913) Definition: Al*low", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Allowed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Allowing.] [OE. alouen, OF. alouer, aloer, aluer, F.
allouer, fr. LL. allocare to admit as proved, to place, use;
confused with OF. aloer, fr. L. allaudare to extol; ad +
laudare to praise. See Local, and cf. Allocate, Laud.]
1. To praise; to approve of; hence, to sanction. [Obs. or
Archaic]

Ye allow the deeds of your fathers. --Luke xi. 48.

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

2. To like; to be suited or pleased with. [Obs.]

How allow you the model of these clothes?
--Massinger.

3. To sanction; to invest; to intrust. [Obs.]

Thou shalt be . . . allowed with absolute power.
--Shak.

4. To grant, give, admit, accord, afford, or yield; to let
one have; as, to allow a servant his liberty; to allow a
free passage; to allow one day for rest.

He was allowed about three hundred pounds a year.
--Macaulay.

5. To own or acknowledge; to accept as true; to concede; to
accede to an opinion; as, to allow a right; to allow a
claim; to allow the truth of a proposition.

I allow, with Mrs. Grundy and most moralists, that
Miss Newcome's conduct . . . was highly
reprehensible. --Thackeray.

6. To grant (something) as a deduction or an addition; esp.
to abate or deduct; as, to allow a sum for leakage.

7. To grant license to; to permit; to consent to; as, to
allow a son to be absent.

Syn: To allot; assign; bestow; concede; admit; permit;
suffer; tolerate. See Permit.


Al*low", v. i.
To admit; to concede; to make allowance or abatement.

Allowing still for the different ways of making it.
--Addison.

To allow of, to permit; to admit. --Shak.

Synonyms: allow for, appropriate, countenance, earmark, give up, grant, leave, let, let, permit, permit, provide for, reserve, set aside, take into account

Antonyms: deny, disallow, forbid, interdict, keep, prevent, prohibit, proscribe, refuse, veto

See Also: abide, admit, afford, allot, allow in, allowance, assign, authorise, authorize, bear, brook, budget for, calculate, clear, count on, decriminalise, decriminalize, discount, endure, estimate, favor, favour, figure, forecast, furlough, give, give, give, include, intromit, legalise, legalize, legitimate, legitimatise, legitimatize, legitimise, legitimize, let in, pass, pass, portion, privilege, put up, reckon, stand, stomach, suffer, support, tolerate, trust, vouchsafe, yield

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