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Definitions of allow

  1. afford possibility; "This problem admits of no solution"; "This short story allows of several different interpretations" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. give or assign a share of money or time to a particular person or cause; "I will earmark this money for your research" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. let have; "grant permission"; "Mandela was allowed few visitors in prison" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. grant as a discount or in exchange; "The camera store owner allowed me $50 on my old camera" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. allow the other team to score; "give up a run", in baseball Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  11. allow the other (baseball) team to score; "give up a run" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  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". Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. To praise; to approve of; hence, to sanction. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. To like; to be suited or pleased with. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. To sanction; to invest; to intrust. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. To grant (something) as a deduction or an addition; esp. to abate or deduct; as, to allow a sum for leakage. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. To grant license to; to permit; to consent to; as, to allow a son to be absent. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. To admit; to concede; to make allowance or abatement. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. To grant; consent to; admit; deduct; set apart; as, to allow so much for loss; permit; approve. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  22. To make concession or provision: followed by for. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  23. To grant: to permit: to acknowledge: to abate. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  24. To grant; permit; concede. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  25. To put no obstacle in the way of; permit; tolerate; approve. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  26. To grant; allot; give; admit; acknowledge. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  27. To make allowance for; deduct. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  28. To make allowance, concession, or abatement. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  29. To grant; to admit; to permit; to approve; to deduct. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  30. To concede as an abatement. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  31. To admit; to grant; to permit; to own; to deduct. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  32. To grant, approve, or permit; as to allow an appeal or a marriage; to allow an account. Also to give a fit portion out of a larger property or fund. Thurman v. Adams. S2 Miss. 204. 33 South. 944; Chamberlain v. Putnam. 10 S. D. 300, 73 N. W. 201 ; People v. Gilroy, 82 Hun, 500, 31 N. Y. Supp. 770; Hinds v. Marmolejo. 60 Cal. 231 ; Straus v. Wanamaker, 175 Pa. 213. 34 Atl. 652. thelawdictionary.org
  33. al-low', v.t. to grant: to permit: to acknowledge: to abate: make allowance for: (obs.) invest, entrust: assert, say (coll. in U.S.).--adj. ALLOW'ABLE, that may be allowed: not forbidden: lawful.--n. ALLOW'ABLENESS.--adv. ALLOW'ABLY.--n. ALLOW'ANCE, that which is allowed: a limited portion of anything: a stated quantity--of money, &c., to meet expenses: abatement: approbation: permission.--v.t. to put any one upon an allowance: to supply anything in limited quantities.--TO MAKE ALLOWANCE FOR, to take excusing circumstances into account. [O. Fr. alouer, to grant--L. ad, to, and loc[=a]re, to place.--ALLOW, in the sense of approve or sanction, as used in B. and by old writers, has its root in L. allaud[=a]re--ad-, and laud[=a]re, to praise.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  34. Admit (thing to be, that); (United States) form the opinion (that); permit (practice, person to do); (refl.) indulge oneself in (conduct); (intr.) admit of; give (limited periodical sum), as a. him £200 a year; add, deduct, in consideration of something; a. for, take into consideration, make addition or deduction corresponding to. Hence allowable a., allowably adv. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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