- to give permission to or for; permit: to allow a student to be absent; No swimming allowed.
- to let have; give as one's share; grant as one's right: to allow a person $100 for expenses.
- to permit by neglect, oversight, or the like: to allow a door to remain open.
- to admit; acknowledge; concede: to allow a claim.
- to take into consideration, as by adding or subtracting; set apart: to allow an hour for changing trains.
- Older Use. to say; think.
- Archaic. to approve; sanction.
- 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.
- allow for, to make concession or provision for: to allow for breakage.
Origin of allow
Antonyms for allow
Related Words for allowinggrant, authorize, oblige, recognize, support, tolerate, favor, pass, release, approve, provide, assign, give, own, confess, avow, concede, acquiesce, accord, certify
Examples from the Web for allowing
Contemporary Examples of 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
December 31, 2014
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
December 22, 2014
Allowing some people to discriminate sends the message that discrimination is okay.Do LGBTs Owe Christians an Olive Branch? Try The Other Way Around
December 14, 2014
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
December 9, 2014
There is a procedure called “compassionate release” allowing terminally ill men to die at home.A Million Ways to Die in Prison
December 8, 2014
Historical Examples of allowing
Allowing this to be the case, why had he not taken Joy Saunders with him?Ester Ried Yet Speaking
And what can you say more, allowing all your suppositions and reasonings?
I cannot think of allowing you to go, without first taking a glass of wine.The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby
On the other hand, allowing that he still remained, the news might delay his cure.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
But, allowing all the argument to be quite correct, what does it prove?A Dish Of Orts
- (tr) to permit (to do something); let
- (tr) to set asidefive hours were allowed to do the job
- (tr) to let enter or staythey don't allow dogs
- (tr) to acknowledge or concede (a point, claim, etc)
- (tr) to let have; granthe was allowed few visitors
- (intr foll by for) to take into accountallow for delays
- (intr often foll by of) to permit; admita question that allows of only one reply
- (tr; may take a clause as object) US dialect to assert; maintain
- (tr) archaic to approve; accept
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.