What does allow mean?

Definitions for allow

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. let, allow, permit(verb)

    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, countenance(verb)

    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, grant(verb)

    let have

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

  4. allow, appropriate, earmark, set aside, reserve(verb)

    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, provide(verb)

    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 account(verb)

    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, allow(verb)

    afford possibility

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

  8. give up, allow(verb)

    allow the other (baseball) team to score

    "give up a run"

  9. allow(verb)

    grant as a discount or in exchange

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

  10. allow, permit, tolerate(verb)

    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"


  1. allow(Verb)

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

  2. allow(Verb)

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

  3. allow(Verb)

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

    To allow a sum for leakage.

  4. allow(Verb)

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

  5. allow(Verb)

    To not bar or obstruct.

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

  6. allow(Verb)

    To acknowledge or concede.

  7. allow(Verb)

    To take into account by making an allowance.

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

  8. allow(Verb)

    To render physically possible

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Allow(verb)

    to praise; to approve of; hence, to sanction

  2. Allow(verb)

    to like; to be suited or pleased with

  3. Allow(verb)

    to sanction; to invest; to intrust

  4. Allow(verb)

    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. Allow(verb)

    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. Allow(verb)

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

  7. Allow(verb)

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

  8. Allow(verb)

    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.]

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

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  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. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu:

    We will not allow Azaz to fall.

  2. Marshall Mays:

    The CCP can not allow prices to collapse.

  3. Peter King:

    We cannot allow this small group to block it.

  4. Monday Trump said ultimately:

    Leaving The INF would allow the US to do this.

  5. President Trump:

    As Americans, we cannot allow this to continue.

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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
  • 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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