Allow - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |əˈlaʊ|  American pronunciation of the word allow
Brit.  |əˈlaʊ|  British pronunciation of the word allow


- make it possible through a specific action or lack of action for something to happen (syn: let, permit)
This sealed door won't allow the water come into the basement
- consent to, give permission (syn: countenance, let, permit)
I cannot allow you to see your exam
- let have (syn: grant)
Mandela was allowed few visitors in prison
- give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause (syn: appropriate, earmark, reserve, set aside)
- make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain (syn: leave, provide)
The evidence allows only one conclusion
allow for mistakes
- allow or plan for a certain possibility; concede the truth or validity of something
I allow for this possibility
- afford possibility (syn: admit)
This short story allows of several different interpretations
- allow the other (baseball) team to score (syn: give up)
- grant as a discount or in exchange
The camera store owner allowed me $50 on my old camera
- allow the presence of or allow (an activity) without opposing or prohibiting (syn: permit, tolerate)
We don't allow dogs here

Extra examples

A religion that does not allow divorce

They don't allow smoking in this hotel.

I want to change my schedule, but my boss won't allow it.

My boss wouldn't allow me to change my schedule.

They don't allow people to smoke in this hotel.

Women were not allowed in the club.

The hospital doesn't allow visitors after 8 p.m.

Her schedule doesn't allow her any time to run errands.

The system allows you to transfer data easily from one computer to another.

Occasional gaps allow passage through the mountains.

Smoking is not allowed.

Admission is seldom allowed to outsiders.

This is allowed by the law.

He allowed himself no meat.

We allowed the children to go to the park.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: allow
he/she/it: allows
present participle: allowing
past tense: allowed
past participle: allowed
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