What does allow mean?

Definitions for allow
əˈlaʊal·low

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word allow.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. let, allow, permitverb

    make it possible through a specific action or lack of action for something to happen

    "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"

  2. permit, allow, let, countenanceverb

    consent to, give permission

    "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"

  3. allow, grantverb

    let have

    "grant permission"; "Mandela was allowed few visitors in prison"

  4. allow, appropriate, earmark, set aside, reserveverb

    give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause

    "I will earmark this money for your research"; "She sets aside time for meditation every day"

  5. leave, allow for, allow, provideverb

    make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain

    "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"

  6. allow, take into accountverb

    allow or plan for a certain possibility; concede the truth or validity of something

    "I allow for this possibility"; "The seamstress planned for 5% shrinkage after the first wash"

  7. admit, allowverb

    afford possibility

    "This problem admits of no solution"; "This short story allows of several different interpretations"

  8. give up, allowverb

    allow the other (baseball) team to score

    "give up a run"

  9. allowverb

    grant as a discount or in exchange

    "The camera store owner allowed me $50 on my old camera"

  10. allow, permit, tolerateverb

    allow the presence of or allow (an activity) without opposing or prohibiting

    "We don't allow dogs here"; "Children are not permitted beyond this point"; "We cannot tolerate smoking in the hospital"

Wiktionary

  1. allowverb

    To grant, give, admit, accord, afford, or yield; to let one have.

    Etymology: From allouen, from alouer , from Medieval allaudāre, (ad-) + laudare, merged with alouer, from Medieval Latin allocāre.

  2. allowverb

    To acknowledge; to accept as true; to concede; to accede to an opinion.

    Etymology: From allouen, from alouer , from Medieval allaudāre, (ad-) + laudare, merged with alouer, from Medieval Latin allocāre.

  3. allowverb

    To grant (something) as a deduction or an addition; especially to abate or deduct;

    To allow a sum for leakage.

    Etymology: From allouen, from alouer , from Medieval allaudāre, (ad-) + laudare, merged with alouer, from Medieval Latin allocāre.

  4. allowverb

    To grant license to; to permit; to consent to.

    Etymology: From allouen, from alouer , from Medieval allaudāre, (ad-) + laudare, merged with alouer, from Medieval Latin allocāre.

  5. allowverb

    To not bar or obstruct.

    Although I don't consent to their holding such meetings, I will allow them for the time being.

    Etymology: From allouen, from alouer , from Medieval allaudāre, (ad-) + laudare, merged with alouer, from Medieval Latin allocāre.

  6. allowverb

    To acknowledge or concede.

    Etymology: From allouen, from alouer , from Medieval allaudāre, (ad-) + laudare, merged with alouer, from Medieval Latin allocāre.

  7. allowverb

    To take into account by making an allowance.

    When calculating a budget for a construction project, always allow for contingencies.

    Etymology: From allouen, from alouer , from Medieval allaudāre, (ad-) + laudare, merged with alouer, from Medieval Latin allocāre.

  8. allowverb

    To render physically possible

    Etymology: From allouen, from alouer , from Medieval allaudāre, (ad-) + laudare, merged with alouer, from Medieval Latin allocāre.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Allowverb

    to praise; to approve of; hence, to sanction

  2. Allowverb

    to like; to be suited or pleased with

  3. Allowverb

    to sanction; to invest; to intrust

  4. Allowverb

    to grant, give, admit, accord, afford, or yield; to let one have; as, to allow a servant his liberty; to allow a free passage; to allow one day for rest

  5. Allowverb

    to own or acknowledge; to accept as true; to concede; to accede to an opinion; as, to allow a right; to allow a claim; to allow the truth of a proposition

  6. Allowverb

    to grant (something) as a deduction or an addition; esp. to abate or deduct; as, to allow a sum for leakage

  7. Allowverb

    to grant license to; to permit; to consent to; as, to allow a son to be absent

  8. Allowverb

    to admit; to concede; to make allowance or abatement

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Allow

    al-low′, v.t. to grant: to permit: to acknowledge: to abate: make allowance for: (obs.) invest, entrust: assert, say (coll. in U.S.).—adj. Allow′able, that may be allowed: not forbidden: lawful.—n. Allow′ableness.—adv. Allow′ably.—n. Allow′ance, that which is allowed: a limited portion of anything: a stated quantity—of money, &c., to meet expenses: abatement: approbation: permission.—v.t. to put any one upon an allowance: to supply anything in limited quantities.—To make allowance for, to take excusing circumstances into account. [O. Fr. alouer, to grant—L. ad, to, and locāre, to place.—Allow, in the sense of approve or sanction, as used in B. and by old writers, has its root in L. allaudāread-, and laudāre, to praise.]

Editors Contribution

  1. allow

    To give permission to.

    Time did allow for their love to connect and for them to marry before the date they choose as they knew they were both so right for each other.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 15, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'allow' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #854

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'allow' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1328

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'allow' in Verbs Frequency: #59

How to pronounce allow?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of allow in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of allow in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of allow in a Sentence

  1. Kris Jenner:

    Those are the ones I'm concerned with and the only ones I don't -- I can't allow, I can't let myself hurt them.

  2. Billy Green:

    It saves lives of not only victims and police officers and in the unfortunate situation where we did have to use lethal force or some type of force that resulted in injury, it would allow us to provide that emergency medical treatment.

  3. Isaac Asimov:

    One, a robot may not injure a human being, or through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm Two, a robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law Three, a robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

  4. Carrie Horstman:

    The Sheriff’s Office says the effort will allow residents to feel the shelters are safe and spur more turnout.

  5. Nathalie Loiseau:

    We respect the British. We ask them to allow us to go forward on our own path, and in the meantime we ask Britain not to export its political crisis over to the European Union.

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Translations for allow

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  • أذن, سمح ب, سمحArabic
  • дазволіць, дазваляцьBelarusian
  • признавам, позволявам, допускам, давам, разрешавамBulgarian
  • deixarCatalan, Valencian
  • dovolit, povolitCzech
  • tillade, acceptereDanish
  • akzeptieren, erlauben, zulassen, einberechnenGerman
  • παρέχω, παραδέχομαι, αφήνω, παραχωρώ, χορηγώ, επιτρέπω, αναγνωρίζωGreek
  • permitir, dejar, concederSpanish
  • lubamaEstonian
  • varata, hyväksyä, varautua, sallia, myöntää, antaa lupa, tehdä varaus, antaa alennusFinnish
  • laisser, accorder, permettreFrench
  • lig, leomh, ceadaigh, lamháilIrish
  • leig leScottish Gaelic
  • deixarGalician
  • अनुमतिHindi
  • pèmètHaitian Creole
  • enged, elfogad, hagy, megenged, engedélyezHungarian
  • grantarIdo
  • permettere, lasciare, concedereItalian
  • 許すJapanese
  • អនុញ្ញាតKhmer
  • 허락Korean
  • patior, permitto, immitto, praetermittoLatin
  • ļautLatvian
  • дозволуваMacedonian
  • membenarkanMalay
  • laten doenDutch
  • pozwolić, przyznać, wziąć pod uwagęPolish
  • aceitar, considerar, permitir, deixarPortuguese
  • lăsa, acorda, permite, îngădui, admiteRomanian
  • учесть, позволить, разрешать, позволять, разрешить, [[принимать]] [[в, [[принять]] [[в, учитывать, допускать, допустить, признавать, признатьRussian
  • lassare, lassaiSardinian
  • дозволити, dozvolitiSerbo-Croatian
  • dovoliť, povoliťSlovak
  • dovolitiSlovene
  • idhinishaSwahili
  • дозволити, дозволятиUkrainian
  • leyî, laireWalloon

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    a measuring instrument for measuring and indicating a quantity such as the thickness of wire or the amount of rain etc.
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