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Meaning & Definition of Allow in English

English

Allow

/əlaʊ/

verb

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • let
  • ,
  • allow
  • ,
  • permit

2. Consent to, 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"
    synonym:
  • permit
  • ,
  • allow
  • ,
  • let
  • ,
  • countenance

3. Let have

  • "Grant permission"
  • "Mandela was allowed few visitors in prison"
    synonym:
  • allow
  • ,
  • grant

4. Give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause

  • "I will earmark this money for your research"
  • "She sets aside time for meditation every day"
    synonym:
  • allow
  • ,
  • appropriate
  • ,
  • earmark
  • ,
  • set aside
  • ,
  • reserve

5. 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"
  • "This procedure provides for lots of leeway"
    synonym:
  • leave
  • ,
  • allow for
  • ,
  • allow
  • ,
  • provide

6. 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"
    synonym:
  • allow
  • ,
  • take into account

7. Afford possibility

  • "This problem admits of no solution"
  • "This short story allows of several different interpretations"
    synonym:
  • admit
  • ,
  • allow

8. Allow the other (baseball) team to score

  • "Give up a run"
    synonym:
  • give up
  • ,
  • allow

9. Grant as a discount or in exchange

  • "The camera store owner allowed me $50 on my old camera"
    synonym:
  • allow

10. 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"
    synonym:
  • allow
  • ,
  • permit
  • ,
  • tolerate

Examples of using

I don't allow you to refer to me as "you".
I'm afraid I can't allow that.
They won't allow it.