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 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.
Idioms about allow
allow for, to make concession or provision for: to allow for breakage.
- pre·al·low, verb (used with object)
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How to use allow in a sentence
People watch night soaps because the genre allows them to believe in a world where people just react off their baser instincts.‘Empire’ Review: Hip-Hop Musical Chairs with an Insane Soap Opera Twist | Judnick Mayard | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Jett sees this number as a marker of how much the president allows professionals to do the job.
In the most extreme cases, it allows for the extrajudicial killing of black people without consequence.
The doctor tells me I can walk on it right away, “as comfort allows.”
At its most simplified, the revision allows big players more access to insured deposits while making certain types of bets.
For a "cold collation on the occasion of the audit" our Council always allows 10.
Is there any earthly father who would allow his children to suffer as God allows Man to suffer?God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
But in the great famines, as in India and Russia, God allows millions to die of starvation.God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
At sea he allows her to wear an easy negligé, but in port she must appear in full dress.A Woman's Journey Round the World | Ida Pfeiffer
This increased pressure above the balls allows them to return to their original position, under the influence of gravity.The Recent Revolution in Organ Building | George Laing Miller
British Dictionary definitions for allow
(tr) to permit (to do something); let
(tr) to set aside: five hours were allowed to do the job
(tr) to let enter or stay: they don't allow dogs
(tr) to acknowledge or concede (a point, claim, etc)
(tr) to let have; grant: he was allowed few visitors
(intr foll by for) to take into account: allow for delays
(intr often foll by of) to permit; admit: a question that allows of only one reply
(tr; may take a clause as object) US dialect to assert; maintain
(tr) archaic to approve; accept
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