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Definition of 'allow'


  1. 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"
       Synonyms: let permit
       Antonyms: prevent keep
  2. 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"
       Synonyms: permit let countenance
       Antonyms: forbid prohibit interdict proscribe veto disallow forbid prohibit interdict proscribe veto disallow
  3. let have; "grant permission"; "Mandela was allowed few visitors in prison"
       Synonyms: grant
       Antonyms: deny refuse
  4. 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"
       Synonyms: appropriate earmark set aside reserve
  5. 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"
       Synonyms: leave allow for provide
  6. 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"
       Synonyms: take into account
  7. afford possibility; "This problem admits of no solution"; "This short story allows of several different interpretations"
       Synonyms: admit
  8. allow the other (baseball) team to score; "give up a run"
       Synonyms: give up
  9. grant as a discount or in exchange; "The camera store owner allowed me $50 on my old camera"
  10. 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"
       Synonyms: permit tolerate

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