verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- allow for,
- allowable cut,
- allowance race
Origin of allow
Examples from the Web for allow
This week, Florida became the 36th state to allow same-sex marriage.
First, they allow Paul to siphon off attention from whichever potential candidate is making news.
By contrast, a gun will allow a pilot to attack hostile forces that are less than 300 feet from friendly ground forces.New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019|Dave Majumdar|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Cover with plastic wrap and allow the dates to soften, about 15 minutes.Make ‘The Chew’s’ Carla Hall’s Sticky Toffee Pudding|Carla Hall|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Allow beans to cool completely then remove to a paper towel-lined plate to dry.Make Carla Hall’s Crispy Shallot Green Bean Casserole|Carla Hall|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Allow to boil until the balls are well set, turning them over that both sides may get done.The Allinson Vegetarian Cookery Book|Thomas R. Allinson
No man should allow himself to recommend another for qualities which he knows he does not possess.The Book of Business Etiquette|Nella Henney
This is it indeed which the devil desireth; he can allow you grief and desperation, but not to amend.A Christian Directory (Volume 1 of 4)|Richard Baxter
I would not allow that paper, blown by the wind, to scare me from the highway of the argument!The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 10 (of 12)|Robert G. Ingersoll
Any other child would have retraced his steps but the brave little Henry would not allow himself to be discouraged.Old French Fairy Tales|Comtesse de Sgur
Word Origin for allow
early 14c., allouen, "to commend, praise; approve of, be pleased with; appreciate the value of;" also, "take into account or give credit for," also, in law and philosophy, "recognize, admit as valid" (a privilege, an excuse, a statement, etc.). From late 14c. as "sanction or permit; condone;" in business use from early 15c.
The Middle English word is from Anglo-French alouer, Old French aloer, alloiier (13c.) "allot, apportion, bestow, assign," from Latin allocare (see allocate). This word in Old French was confused and ultimately merged with aloer; alloer "to praise, commend," from Latin allaudare, adlaudare, compound of ad- "to" (see ad-) + laudare "to praise" (see laud). From the first word came the sense preserved in allowance as "money granted;" from the second came its meaning "permission based on approval."
Between the two primary significations there naturally arose a variety of uses blending them in the general idea of assign with approval, grant, concede a thing claimed or urged, admit a thing offered, permit, etc., etc. [OED].
Related: Allowed; allowing.