verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of allow
Examples from the Web for allowing
And in either case, “the significant benefit from allowing Wi-Fi hotspots outweighs these concerns.”How ‘Ethical’ Hotel Chain Marriott Gouges Guests in the Name of Wi-Fi Security|Kyle Chayka|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Allowing the protests to go on with little interference was always a high-stakes gamble.De Blasio and the New York City Protesters Have No Blood on Their Hands|Jacob Siegel|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Allowing some people to discriminate sends the message that discrimination is okay.Do LGBTs Owe Christians an Olive Branch? Try The Other Way Around|Jay Michaelson|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
By allowing him to live, Marshal avoided the shame of killing an unarmed heir-apparent.England’s Greatest Knight Puts ‘Game of Thrones’ to Shame|William O’Connor|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There is a procedure called “compassionate release” allowing terminally ill men to die at home.
Karl, sure enough, was strolling about below and allowing the boys and girls to admire him.Pelle the Conqueror, Complete|Martin Anderson Nexo
He had selected this spot in the event of the Powers not allowing his remains to be transferred to France or Ajaccio.The Tragedy of St. Helena|Walter Runciman
It probably served the turn of those who sent it by allowing them to throw the blame of the future war entirely on the English.A History of England, Period III.|Rev. J. Franck Bright
He thinned the disaffected population by allowing foreign enlistment, and 40,000 are said to have been thus got rid of.
An idea of it may be obtained from the present buildings, allowing for some modifications.Jerusalem Explored, Volume I--Text|Ermete Pierotti
British Dictionary definitions for allowing
Word Origin for allow
Word Origin and History for allowing
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.