What is the meaning of allow?


  • Make it possible through a specific action or lack of action for something to happen.
    • usage: "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"
  • Consent to, give permission.
    • usage: "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"
  • Let have.
    • usage: "grant permission"; "Mandela was allowed few visitors in prison"
  • Give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause.
    • usage: "I will earmark this money for your research"; "She sets aside time for meditation every day"
  • Make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain.
    • usage: "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"
  • Allow or plan for a certain possibility; concede the truth or validity of something.
    • usage: "I allow for this possibility"; "The seamstress planned for 5% shrinkage after the first wash"
  • Afford possibility.
    • usage: "This problem admits of no solution"; "This short story allows of several different interpretations"
  • Allow the other (baseball) team to score.
    • usage: "give up a run"
  • Grant as a discount or in exchange.
    • usage: "The camera store owner allowed me $50 on my old camera"
  • Allow the presence of or allow (an activity) without opposing or prohibiting.
    • usage: "We don't allow dogs here"; "Children are not permitted beyond this point"; "We cannot tolerate smoking in the hospital"
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APAWordNet. (2010). allow. Retrieved April 23, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/allow/definitions/1326268
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "allow" http://smartdefine.org/allow/definitions/1326268 (accessed April 23, 2019).
HarvardWordNet 2010, allow, Smart Define, viewed 23 April, 2019, <http://smartdefine.org/allow/definitions/1326268>.
MLAWordNet. "allow" 23 October 2010. Web. 23 April 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/allow/definitions/1326268>
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