allowed

[ uh-loud ]
/ əˈlaʊd /

adjective

Physics. involving a change in quantum numbers, permitted by the selection rules: allowed transition.

Origin of allowed

Related formsun·al·lowed, adjective
Can be confusedallowed allude aloud elude

Definition for allowed (2 of 2)

allow

[ uh-lou ]
/ əˈlaʊ /

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.

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
Related formspre·al·low, verb (used with object)

Synonym study

1. Allow, let, permit imply granting or conceding the right of someone to do something. Allow and permit are often interchangeable, but permit is the more positive. Allow implies complete absence of an attempt, or even an intent, to hinder. Permit suggests formal or implied assent or authorization. Let is the familiar, conversational term for both allow and permit.
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British Dictionary definitions for allowed

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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