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allow - Dictionary definition and meaning for word allow

Definition
(verb) make it possible through a specific action or lack of action for something to happen
Synonyms : let , permit
Example Sentence
  • This permits the water to rush in
  • This sealed door won't allow the water come into the basement
  • This will permit the rain to run off

Definition
(verb) consent to, give permission
Synonyms : countenance , let , permit
Example Sentence
  • She permitted her son to visit her estranged husband
  • I won't let the police search her basement
  • I cannot allow you to see your exam

Definition
(verb) let have
Synonyms : grant
Example Sentence
  • grant permission
  • Mandela was allowed few visitors in prison

Definition
(verb) give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause
Example Sentence
  • I will earmark this money for your research
  • She sets aside time for meditation every day

Definition
(verb) make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain
Synonyms : allow for , leave , provide
Example Sentence
  • This leaves no room for improvement
  • The evidence allows only one conclusion
  • allow for mistakes
  • leave lots of time for the trip
  • This procedure provides for lots of leeway

Definition
(verb) allow or plan for a certain possibility; concede the truth or validity of something
Synonyms : take into account
Example Sentence
  • I allow for this possibility
  • The seamstress planned for 5% shrinkage after the first wash

Definition
(verb) afford possibility
Synonyms : admit
Example Sentence
  • This problem admits of no solution
  • This short story allows of several different interpretations

Definition
(verb) allow the other (baseball) team to score
Synonyms : give up
Example Sentence
  • give up a run

Definition
(verb) grant as a discount or in exchange
Example Sentence
  • The camera store owner allowed me $50 on my old camera

Definition
(verb) allow the presence of or allow (an activity) without opposing or prohibiting
Synonyms : permit , tolerate
Example Sentence
  • We don't allow dogs here
  • Children are not permitted beyond this point
  • We cannot tolerate smoking in the hospital

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