- allowable cut,
- allowance race,
Origin of allowed
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of allow
Examples from the Web for allowed
A Wall Street person should not be allowed to help oversee the Dodd-Frank reforms.
During an emergency that ratio could be allowed to drop to 8.5 people per orbit.Exclusive: U.S. Drone Fleet at ‘Breaking Point,’ Air Force Says|Dave Majumdar|January 5, 2015|DAILY BEAST
States were encouraged and allowed to lower standards to make it appear they were improving.The ‘No Child’ Rewrite Threatens Your Kids’ Future|Jonah Edelman|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Users “should be allowed to use these devices and services the way they were intended,” Brookman says.How ‘Ethical’ Hotel Chain Marriott Gouges Guests in the Name of Wi-Fi Security|Kyle Chayka|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His accuser was smeared and demeaned, and a star football player was allowed to keep on playing.Jameis Winston Cleared of Rape Like Every Other College Sports Star|Robert Silverman|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Lizzie, indeed, is fond of work; she is busy all day long, and it is evident that her sewing-machine is not allowed to rust.London's Heart|B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
It is, if I may be allowed to say so, the sinister suggestion in your speech, inspector—superintendent I mean.The Green Rust|Edgar Wallace
One couldn't help wondering that the Fairy Aurora allowed it to be in her room.Roumanian Fairy Tales|Various
They were to be allowed to usher in the glorious day by the blowing of horns exactly at sunrise.The Peterkin Papers|Lucretia P Hale
The noble Marquis consequently hoped that the Trojan horse would not be allowed to come within the walls of Parliament.The Grand Old Man|Richard B. Cook
Word Origin for allow
late 14c., "praised;" mid-15c., "assigned as a due share;" late 15c., "permitted," past participle adjective from 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.