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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. allow the other team to score; " give up a run", in baseball
  10. 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"
  11. allow the other ( baseball) team to score; " give up a run"
  12. 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".
  13. To praise; to approve of; hence, to sanction.
  14. To like; to be suited or pleased with.
  15. To sanction; to invest; to intrust.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. To grant ( something) as a deduction or an addition; esp. to abate or deduct; as, to allow a sum for leakage.
  19. To grant license to; to permit; to consent to; as, to allow a son to be absent.
  20. To admit; to concede; to make allowance or abatement.
  21. To grant; consent to; admit; deduct; set apart; as, to allow so much for loss; permit; approve.
  22. To make concession or provision: followed by for.
  23. To grant: to permit: to acknowledge: to abate.
  24. To grant; permit; concede.
  25. To put no obstacle in the way of; permit; tolerate; approve.
  26. To grant; allot; give; admit; acknowledge.
  27. To make allowance for; deduct.
  28. To make allowance, concession, or abatement.
  29. To grant; to admit; to permit; to approve; to deduct.
  30. To concede as an abatement.
  31. To admit; to grant; to permit; to own; to deduct.
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Quotes of allow

  1. At that time, the army leadership said the implementation of this agreement would allow everyone, including the IRA, to take its political objectives forward by peaceful and democratic means. – Gerry Adams
  2. If you allow men to use you for your own purposes, they will use you for theirs. – Aesop
  3. The notion that Congress can change the meaning given a constitutional provision by the Court is subversive of the function of judicial review; and it is not the less so because the Court promises to allow it only when the Constitution is moved to the left. – Robert Bork
  4. It is in Saudi Arabia's best interest to allow women to fully participate in its society, and this includes the right to vote and run for office. – Barbara Boxer
  5. But, as you have intimated, I am among those who would be very wary of any military action in the light of Saddam Hussein's willingness to allow the weapons inspectors to go in. – George Carey
  6. Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home. – Bill Cosby
  7. It is important that the United States move with all deliberate speed to develop and get into usage alternative fuels that will allow us to end our dependence on foreign oil. – Virgil Goode
  8. How the early priests came into possession of these secrets does not appear, and if there were ever any records of this kind the Church would hardly allow them to become public. – Harry Houdini
  9. The tide of immigration in Canada has not been as great as along our frontier. They have been able to allow the Indians to live as Indians, which we have not, and do not attempt to force upon them the customs which are distasteful to them. – Nelson A. Miles
  10. David Stern should get with the mothers of the NBA and let the moms decide what the dress code should be. I asked my mother if I could wear a chain, and she told me yeah. So I do stuff that my parents allow me to do. – Shaquille O'Neal
  11. However, please allow me to say that the fundamental style of my writing has been to start from my personal matters and then to link it up with society, the state and the world. – Kenzaburo Oe
  12. I think this society suffers so much from too much freedom, too many rights that allow people to be irresponsible. – Boyd Rice
  13. I would like to do more dramas when I find a good role that will allow me to politely upset people's expectations of me as a comic actor. – Ben Stiller
  14. Parliament must not be told a direct untruth, but it's quite possible to allow them to mislead themselves. – Norman Tebbit
  15. As I mentioned previously, the tools that allow for optimum health are diet and exercise. – Bill Toomey

Usage examples for allow

  1. I shall want no place if you will allow me to remain here. – The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope
  2. " He will never allow me to leave," she said to herself. – Artists' Wives by Alphonse Daudet
  3. 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
  4. You will allow me, won't you? – The Prussian Terror by Alexandre Dumas
  5. If you'll allow me. – The Children of the World by Paul Heyse
  6. It would never do to allow men to run too light. – The Home and the World by Rabindranath Tagore
  7. Would Lady Langerdale allow me to call at your rooms to- morrow? – Mr. Marx's Secret by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  8. It is a case, dear Mrs. Hawthorne, where I must not allow myself to say what I think. – Aurora the Magnificent by Gertrude Hall
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. I'll not allow it and I'll not take it! – Virgin Soil by Ivan S. Turgenev
  12. I mean- Allow me! – The Good Comrade by Una L. Silberrad
  13. " I'll manage that if you'll allow me to attend to him," said Bricky eagerly. – The Second String by Nat Gould
  14. If you will allow me, I'll take a chair." – Blind Love by Wilkie Collins
  15. " I should not allow you to do so," the other replied. – Long Live the King by Guy Boothby
  16. I will not allow you to say that! – The Sowers by Henry Seton Merriman
  17. He simply did not allow himself to think. – His Unknown Wife by Louis Tracy
  18. 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
  19. But he wouldn't allow it. – The Real Adventure by Henry Kitchell Webster
  20. They must allow an hour to reach the gate, and the man goes off at twelve. – Helmet of Navarre by Bertha Runkle

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