Verb allow Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


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.
  2. (transitive) To acknowledge; to accept as true; to concede; to accede to an opinion.
  3. (transitive) To grant (something) as a deduction or an addition; especially to abate or deduct.
  4. (transitive) To grant license to; to permit; to consent to.
  5. To not bar or obstruct.
  6. (intransitive) To acknowledge or concede.
  7. (transitive) To take into account by making an allowance.
  8. (transitive) To render physically possible.
  9. (transitive, obsolete) To praise; to approve of; hence, to sanction.
  10. (obsolete) To sanction; to invest; to entrust.
  11. (transitive, obsolete) To like; to be suited or pleased with.

More definition: give permission to or for; permit, to allow a student to be absent; No swimming allowed. let have; give as one's share; grant as one's right, to allow a person $100 for expenses. permit by neglect, oversight, or the like, to allow a door to remain open. admit; acknowledge; concede, to allow a claim. take into consideration, as by adding or subtracting; set apart, to allow an hour for changing trains.

6.Older Use. to say; think.

7.Archaic. to approve; sanction. permit something to happen or to exist; admit (often followed by of), to spend more than one's budget allows; a premise that allows of only one conclusion.

9.allow for, to make concession or provision for, to allow for breakage.

1. (transitive) to permit (to do something); let

2. (transitive) to set aside, five hours were allowed to do the job

3. (transitive) to let enter or stay, they don't allow dogs

4. (transitive) to acknowledge or concede (a point, claim, etc)

5. (transitive) to let have; grant, he was allowed few visitors

6. (intransitive) foll by for. to take into account, allow for delays

7. (intransitive) often foll by of. to permit; admit, a question that allows of only one reply

8. (transitive; may take a clause as object) (US, dialect) to assert; maintain

9. (transitive) (archaic) to approve; accept Word OriginC14, from Old French alouer, from Late Latin allaudāre to extol, influenced by Medieval Latin allocāre to assign, allocateCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
early 14c., allouen, "to commend, praise; approve of, be pleased with; appreciate the value of;" also, "take into account or give credit for," also, in law and philosophy, "recognize, admit as valid" (a privilege, an excuse, a statement, etc.). From late 14c. as "sanction or permit; condone;" in business use from early 15c.The Middle English word is from Anglo-French alouer, Old French aloer, alloiier (13c.) "allot, apportion, bestow, assign," from Latin allocare (see allocate). This word in Old French was confused and ultimately merged with aloer; alloer "to praise, commend," from Latin allaudare, adlaudare, compound of ad- "to" (see ad-) + laudare "to praise" (see laud). From the first word came the sense preserved in allowance as "money granted;" from the second came its meaning "permission based on approval."Between the two primary significations there naturally arose a variety of uses blending them in the general idea of assign with approval, grant, concede a thing claimed or urged, admit a thing offered, permit, etc., etc. [OED].Related, Allowed; allowing.


It all proved that any goal could be achieved if a person didn't allow themselves to get sidetracked.

We were content to allow him this small title of uniqueness knowing it was killing him to be so close to a scientific miracle with hands tied and mouth gagged against announcing his findings to the world.

The room was dark aside from curtains opened to allow the moon to shine through.

The creature that refused to bow down to the Dark One was not going to allow itself to become blood-dependent upon a mate of human origin.

They allow us to lead as normal of a life as possible.

The space battle won't allow anyone off-planet.

I go to the closest, largest nature preserve that doesn't allow people in after dusk, and wait it out.

There was no way she could do enough damage to Charlie from four times as far to allow her to escape.

Mrs. Byrne's son drove her over but the lad had an engage­ment so I suggested she join us for dinner and allow us to drive her home.

It was an irrational thing, and pointless to allow her mind to linger on the reason for his preoccupation.

"Rissa has Sirian imprisoned, but his loyal followers have overtaken the northern entrance and threaten to allow our enemies in if he is not released," Hilden said.

His seemingly generous offer to allow her an extended vacation had been nothing more than a cleverly constructed plan to keep her tied to Denton.

The next evening after the trial the little girl begged Ozma to allow her to look in the enchanted picture, and the Princess readily consented.

They coin money in honest and accurate measures and allow this money to trade freely on open markets.

For the most part we allow only outlying and transient circumstances to make our occasions.

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