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definition of the word allow

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From Middle English allouen, from Old French alouer , from Medieval Latin allaudāre, "to praise", (ad-) + laudare, merged with alouer, from Medieval Latin allocāre, "to assign".

to allow

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

to allow (third-person singular simple present allows, present participle allowing, simple past and past participle allowed)

  1. (transitive) To grant, give, admit, accord, afford, or yield; to let one have
    To allow a servant his liberty
    To allow a free passage
    To allow one day for rest.
    He was allowed about three hundred pounds a year. —Macaulay.
  2. (transitive) To acknowledge; to accept as true; to concede; to accede to an opinion
    To allow a right; to allow a claim; to allow the truth of a proposition.
    I allow, with Mrs. Grundy and most moralists, that Miss Newcome's conduct . . . was highly reprehensible. —Thackeray.
  3. (transitive) To grant (something) as a deduction or an addition; esp. to abate or deduct;
    To allow a sum for leakage.
  4. (transitive) To grant license to; to permit; to consent to.
    To allow a son to be absent
    Smoking allowed only in designated areas.
  5. (intransitive) To let something happen, to admit; to concede;
  6. (transitive) To take into account by making an allowance.
    When calculating a budget for a construction project, always allow for contingencies.

allot; assign; bestow; concede; admit; permit; suffer; tolerate.

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