Definition of Allow in English :

Define Allow in English

Allow meaning in English

Meaning of Allow in English

Pronunciation of Allow in English

Allow pronunciation in English

Pronounce Allow in English


see synonyms of allow


1. allow, let, permit

make it possible through a specific action or lack of action for something to happen

Example Sentences:
'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'

2. allow, countenance, let, permit

consent to, give permission

Example Sentences:
'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'

3. allow, grant

let have

Example Sentences:
'grant permission'
'Mandela was allowed few visitors in prison'

4. allow, appropriate, earmark, reserve, set aside

give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause

Example Sentences:
'I will earmark this money for your research'
'She sets aside time for meditation every day'

5. allow, allow for, leave, provide

make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain

Example Sentences:
'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'

6. allow, take into account

allow or plan for a certain possibility; concede the truth or validity of something

Example Sentences:
'I allow for this possibility'
'The seamstress planned for 5% shrinkage after the first wash'

7. admit, allow

afford possibility

Example Sentences:
'This problem admits of no solution'
'This short story allows of several different interpretations'

8. allow, give up

allow the other (baseball) team to score

Example Sentences:
'give up a run'

9. allow

grant as a discount or in exchange

Example Sentences:
'The camera store owner allowed me $50 on my old camera'

10. allow, permit, tolerate

allow the presence of or allow (an activity) without opposing or prohibiting

Example Sentences:
'We don't allow dogs here'
'Children are not permitted beyond this point'
'We cannot tolerate smoking in the hospital'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of allow
1. (transitive)
to permit (to do something); let
2. (transitive)
to set aside
five hours were allowed to do the job
3. (transitive)
to let enter or stay
they don't allow dogs
4. (transitive)
to acknowledge or concede (a point, claim, etc)
5. (transitive)
to let have; grant
he was allowed few visitors
6. (intransitive; foll by for)
to take into account
allow for delays
7. (intransitive; often foll by of)
to permit; admit
a question that allows of only one reply
8. (tr; may take a clause as object) US dialect
to assert; maintain
9. (transitive) archaic
to approve; accept

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see synonyms of allow
verb transitive
to let do, happen, etc.; permit; let
we weren't allowed to go
to let have
she allowed herself no sweets
to let enter or stay
dogs are not allowed
to admit (a claim or the like); acknowledge as true or valid
to provide or allot (a certain amount, period of time, etc.) for a purpose
allow an inch for shrinkage
6.  Dialectal
to think; give as one's opinion
to intend

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of allow
v. al·lowed, al·low·ing, al·lows
1. To let do or happen; permit: We allow smoking only in restricted areas.
2. To permit the presence of: No pets are allowed inside.
3. To permit to have: allow oneself a little treat.
4. To make provision for; assign: The schedule allows time for a coffee break.
5. To plan for in case of need: allow two inches in the fabric for shrinkage.
6. To grant as a discount or in exchange: allowed me 20 dollars on my old typewriter.
7. Chiefly Southern & Midland US
a. To admit; concede: I allowed he was right.
b. To think; suppose: "We allow he's straight" (American Speech).
c. To assert; declare: Mother allowed that we'd better come in for dinner.
1. To offer a possibility; admit: The poem allows of several interpretations.
2. To take a possibility into account; make allowance: In calculating profit, retailers must allow for breakage and spoilage.

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