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allow

[ uh-lou ]
/ əˈlaʊ /
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verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
to permit something to happen or to exist; admit (often followed by of): to spend more than one's budget allows;a premise that allows of only one conclusion.

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Idioms about allow

    allow for, to make concession or provision for: to allow for breakage.

Origin of allow

1250–1300; Middle English alowen<Anglo-French al(l)o(u)er to place, allot, allow, Old French aloer to place <Late Latin allocāre;see al-, locus; the older sense “approve, sanction” and Middle English sense “praise” probably by taking the Anglo-French v. as representing Medieval Latin, Latin adlaudāre to praise; see ad-, laud

OTHER WORDS FROM allow

pre·al·low, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for allow

allow
/ (əˈlaʊ) /

verb

Word Origin for allow

C14: from Old French alouer, from Late Latin allaudāre to extol, influenced by Medieval Latin allocāre to assign, allocate
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