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Definitions of allow

  1. afford possibility; " This problem admits of no solution"; " This short story allows of several different interpretations"
  2. 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"
  3. give or assign a share of money or time to a particular person or cause; " I will earmark this money for your research"
  4. 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"
  5. 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"
  6. let have; " grant permission"; " Mandela was allowed few visitors in prison"
  7. grant as a discount or in exchange; " The camera store owner allowed me $ 50 on my old camera"
  8. 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"
  9. 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"
  10. allow the other ( baseball) team to score; " give up a run"
  11. 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".
  12. To praise; to approve of; hence, to sanction.
  13. To like; to be suited or pleased with.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. To grant ( something) as a deduction or an addition; esp. to abate or deduct; as, to allow a sum for leakage.
  17. To grant license to; to permit; to consent to; as, to allow a son to be absent.
  18. To admit; to concede; to make allowance or abatement.
  19. To grant; consent to; admit; deduct; set apart; as, to allow so much for loss; permit; approve.
  20. To make concession or provision: followed by for.
  21. To grant: to permit: to acknowledge: to abate.
  22. To grant; permit; concede.
  23. To put no obstacle in the way of; permit; tolerate; approve.
  24. To grant; allot; give; admit; acknowledge.
  25. To make allowance for; deduct.
  26. To make allowance, concession, or abatement.
  27. To grant; to admit; to permit; to approve; to deduct.
  28. To concede as an abatement.
  29. To admit; to grant; to permit; to own; to deduct.
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Usage examples for allow

  1. Would Lady Langerdale allow me to call at your rooms to- morrow? – Mr. Marx's Secret by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  2. If you'll allow me. – The Children of the World by Paul Heyse
  3. I shall want no place if you will allow me to remain here. – The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope
  4. They didn't allow her food from the great house. – Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves, North Carolina Narratives, Part 2 by Work Projects Administration
  5. It is a case, dear Mrs. Hawthorne, where I must not allow myself to say what I think. – Aurora the Magnificent by Gertrude Hall
  6. But he wouldn't allow it. – The Real Adventure by Henry Kitchell Webster
  7. I never allow Charley to be out so late alone, and his uncle Bert was going to take him to see it. – Sube Cane by Edward Bellamy Partridge
  8. And let me tell you again to allow no one of whom you are not so sure as you are of yourself to come into your place. – Eve and David by Honore de Balzac
  9. I will not allow you to say that! – The Sowers by Henry Seton Merriman
  10. You will allow me, won't you? – The Prussian Terror by Alexandre Dumas
  11. They must allow an hour to reach the gate, and the man goes off at twelve. – Helmet of Navarre by Bertha Runkle
  12. He simply did not allow himself to think. – His Unknown Wife by Louis Tracy
  13. It would never do to allow men to run too light. – The Home and the World by Rabindranath Tagore
  14. That he was running away from me and that I would not allow him to do so. – The Bark Covered House or, Back in the Woods Again by William Nowlin
  15. I'll not allow it and I'll not take it! – Virgin Soil by Ivan S. Turgenev
  16. I mean- Allow me! – The Good Comrade by Una L. Silberrad
  17. " I should not allow you to do so," the other replied. – Long Live the King by Guy Boothby
  18. " I'll manage that if you'll allow me to attend to him," said Bricky eagerly. – The Second String by Nat Gould
  19. " He will never allow me to leave," she said to herself. – Artists' Wives by Alphonse Daudet
  20. If you will allow me, I'll take a chair." – Blind Love by Wilkie Collins
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