allow




If you allow your best friend to read your diary, it means you’ve given him permission to do it.

The verb allow means to let someone do something. You can allow casually, like when you allow your friend to bite off a few pieces from your candy necklace, or more officially, as when a city government decides to allow dogs to be brought into restaurants. Allow can also be used to mean “admit the truth of,” so you could say, “Fine, I’ll allow that dogs aren’t any dirtier than many people, but it’s still strange seeing them in restaurants.”

Definitions of allow
  1. verb

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

    “This sealed door won’t
    allow the water come into the basement”
    synonyms:
    let, permit
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    Antonyms:

    keep, prevent

    stop (someone or something) from doing something or being in a certain state
    keep

    hold and prevent from leaving
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    types:

    pass

    allow to go without comment or censure

  2. verb

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

    “We don’t
    allow dogs here”
    synonyms:
    permit, tolerate
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    type of:

    countenance, let, permit

    consent to, give permission

  3. verb

    consent to, give permission

    “I cannot
    allow you to see your exam”
    synonyms:
    countenance, let, permit

    grant

    let have
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    Antonyms:

    disallow, forbid, interdict, nix, prohibit, proscribe, veto

    command against
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    abide, bear, brook, digest, endure, put up, stand, stick out, stomach, suffer, support, tolerate

    put up with something or somebody unpleasant
    furlough

    grant a leave to
    give

    allow to have or take
    permit, tolerate

    allow the presence of or allow (an activity) without opposing or prohibiting
    authorise, authorize, clear, pass

    grant authorization or clearance for
    admit, include, let in

    allow participation in or the right to be part of; permit to exercise the rights, functions, and responsibilities of
    favor, favour, privilege

    bestow a privilege upon
    decriminalise, decriminalize, legalise, legalize, legitimate, legitimatise, legitimatize, legitimise, legitimize

    make legal
    trust

    allow without fear
    admit, allow in, intromit, let in

    allow to enter; grant entry to
    accept, live with, swallow

    tolerate or accommodate oneself to
    hold still for, stand for

    tolerate or bear
    bear up

    endure cheerfully
    take lying down

    suffer without protest; suffer or endure passively
    take a joke

    listen to a joke at one’s own expense
    sit out

    endure to the end
    pay

    bear (a cost or penalty), in recompense for some action
    approbate

    approve or sanction officially
    certificate

    authorize by certificate
    O.K., approve, okay, sanction

    give sanction to
    induct, initiate

    accept people into an exclusive society or group, usually with some rite
    readmit

    admit again or anew
    declare

    authorize payments of
    certify, licence, license

    authorize officially
    commission

    charge with a task
    formalise, formalize, validate

    declare or make legally valid
    monetise, monetize

    give legal value to or establish as the legal tender of a country
    repatriate

    admit back into the country
    readmit

    admit anew
    involve

    engage as a participant
    type of:

    accept, consent, go for

    give an affirmative reply to; respond favorably to

  4. verb

    let have

    “Mandela was
    allowed few visitors in prison”
    synonyms:
    grant

    countenance, let, permit

    consent to, give permission
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    Antonyms:

    deny, refuse

    refuse to let have
    abnegate, deny

    deny oneself (something); restrain, especially from indulging in some pleasure
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    vouchsafe

    grant in a condescending manner
    allowance

    put on a fixed allowance, as of food
    type of:

    give

    transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody

  5. verb

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

    “The evidence
    allows only one conclusion”
    allow for mistakes”
    synonyms:
    allow for, leave, provide

    admit

    afford possibility
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    type of:

    afford, give, yield

    be the cause or source of

  6. verb

    afford possibility

    “This short story
    allows of several different interpretations”
    synonyms:
    admit

    allow for, leave, provide

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

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

    “I
    allow for this possibility”
    synonyms:
    take into account
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    types:

    budget for

    calculate enough money for; provide for in the budget
    type of:

    calculate, count on, estimate, figure, forecast, reckon

    judge to be probable

  8. verb

    give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause

  9. verb

    allow the other (baseball) team to score

    synonyms:
    give up

  10. verb

    grant as a discount or in exchange

    “The camera store owner
    allowed me $50 on my old camera”
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    type of:

    discount

    give a reduction in price on

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