Definitions of allow

  1. To concede as an abatement.
  2. To praise; to approve of; hence, to sanction.
  3. To like; to be suited or pleased with.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  8. To grant; consent to; admit; deduct; set apart; as, to allow so much for loss; permit; approve.
  9. To grant: to permit: to acknowledge: to abate.
  10. To grant; permit; concede.
  11. To put no obstacle in the way of; permit; tolerate; approve.
  12. To grant; allot; give; admit; acknowledge.
  13. To make allowance for; deduct.
  14. To admit; to concede; to make allowance or abatement.
  15. To make concession or provision: followed by for.
  16. 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"
  17. give or assign a share of money or time to a particular person or cause; " I will earmark this money for your research"
  18. 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"
  19. grant as a discount or in exchange; " The camera store owner allowed me $ 50 on my old camera"
  20. allow the other ( baseball) team to score; " give up a run"
  21. 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".
  22. To make allowance, concession, or abatement.
  23. To grant; to admit; to permit; to approve; to deduct.
  24. To admit; to grant; to permit; to own; to deduct.
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