[ US /əˈɫaʊ/ ]
[ UK /ɐlˈa‍ʊ/ ]
  1. allow the presence of or allow (an activity) without opposing or prohibiting
    We cannot tolerate smoking in the hospital
    Children are not permitted beyond this point
    We don't allow dogs here
  2. let have
    Mandela was allowed few visitors in prison
    grant permission
  3. 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
  4. afford possibility
    This short story allows of several different interpretations
    This problem admits of no solution
  5. 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
  6. allow the other (baseball) team to score
    give up a run
  7. grant as a discount or in exchange
    The camera store owner allowed me $50 on my old camera
  8. make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain
    allow for mistakes
    This procedure provides for lots of leeway
    leave lots of time for the trip
    The evidence allows only one conclusion
    This leaves no room for improvement
  9. 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
  10. 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
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How To Use allow In A Sentence

  • Gone was the prim nodus; instead her long hair was parted in the center and allowed to fall loose under a veil, in a deliberate echo of the statuary poses of classical goddesses. Caesars’ Wives
  • He was going back to the place where there was no feeling, because emotion and love were not allowed.
  • We had a gam one day, on this voyage, with a Yankee whale-ship, and a first-rate gam it was, for, as the Yankee had gammed three days before with another English ship, we got a lot of news second-hand; and, as we had not seen a new face for many months, we felt towards those Yankees like brothers, and swallowed all they had to tell us like men starving for news. Fighting the Whales
  • Maybe they should have a little log cabin, a hayride at Halloween, or Christmas scenery.
  • Parents have to be a lot more careful about what their children are allowed to watch on the TV.
  • It was then allowed to recover on the stringer in deeper water before being returned alive to grow on to even larger proportions.
  • Architecturally they incorporate the low roofs, polygonal towers and shallow, semicircular domes of the Byzantine mode.
  • We do not allow people a second try on a second question when they have so absurdly got it right the first time round.
  • Such aggregations not only promote transmission of micro-organisms but through repeated exposure allow large doses of these.
  • He adjusts the focus of the Carl Zeiss 120 mm macro lens, which allows him to work very close up.
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