To grant, give, admit, accord, afford, or yield; to let one have.
To acknowledge; to accept as true; to concede; to accede to an opinion.
To grant (something) as a deduction or an addition; especially to abate or deduct;
To allow a sum for leakage.
To grant license to; to permit; to consent to.
To not bar or obstruct.
Although I don't consent to their holding such meetings, I will allow them for the time being.
To acknowledge or concede.
To take into account by making an allowance.
When calculating a budget for a construction project, always allow for contingencies.
To render physically possible
English Synonyms and Antonyms
We allow that which we do not attempt to hinder; we permit that to which we give some express authorization. When this is given verbally it is called permission; when in writing it is commonly called a permit. There are establishments that any one will be allowed to visit without challenge or hindrance; there are others that no one is allowed to visit without a permit from the manager; there are others to which visitors are admitted at specified times, without a formal permit. We allow a child's innocent intrusion; we concede a right; grant a request; consent to a sale of property; permit an inspection of accounts; sanction a marriage; tolerate the rudeness of a well-meaning servant; submit to a surgical operation; yield to a demand or necessity against our wish or will, or yield something under compulsion; as, the sheriff yielded the keys at the muzzle of a revolver, and allowed the mob to enter. Suffer, in the sense of mild concession, is now becoming rare, its place being taken by allow, permit, or tolerate. Compare PERMISSION.
See also synonyms for PROHIBIT.
To allow of (in best recent usage, simply to allow) such an action; allow one in such a course; allow for spending-money.
Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms
let, allow, permitverb
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"
permit, allow, let, countenanceverb
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"
"grant permission"; "Mandela was allowed few visitors in prison"
admit, grant, set aside, accord, appropriate, deed over, give, yield, let, cede, award, give up, reserve, tolerate, countenance, permit, concede, provide, allot, leave, take into account, allow for, earmark
allow, appropriate, earmark, set aside, reserveverb
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"
admit, grant, set aside, capture, appropriate, suspend, hold, let, book, give up, reserve, tolerate, countenance, permit, provide, leave, conquer, take into account, seize, allow for, earmark
leave, allow for, allow, provideverb
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"
let, go out, earmark, tolerate, go away, impart, cater, pass on, give, lead, go forth, result, furnish, admit, countenance, pull up stakes, offer, will, bequeath, reserve, put up, take into account, leave behind, give up, grant, leave alone, forget, set aside, get out, supply, render, provide, depart, allow for, leave, appropriate, exit, bring home the bacon, entrust, permit, ply
allow, take into accountverb
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"
"This problem admits of no solution"; "This short story allows of several different interpretations"
admit, provide, grant, set aside, intromit, earmark, let in, appropriate, take on, hold, let, allow for, include, give up, take into account, reserve, tolerate, countenance, permit, take, leave, accept, accommodate, acknowledge, allow in
give up, allowverb
allow the other (baseball) team to score
"give up a run"
let, spare, earmark, abandon, forfeit, vacate, release, give up, resign, forgo, kick, throw in, admit, surrender, part with, fall by the wayside, lay off, waive, throw overboard, reserve, take into account, dispense with, cede, grant, countenance, stop, set aside, relinquish, throw in the towel, deliver, allow for, cease, chuck up the sponge, renounce, leave, discontinue, appropriate, drop out, free, provide, drop by the wayside, permit, tolerate, forego, quit
grant as a discount or in exchange
"The camera store owner allowed me $50 on my old camera"
allow, permit, tolerateverb
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"
admit, put up, grant, set aside, stand, appropriate, abide, support, let, digest, suffer, brook, bear, give up, stick out, reserve, tolerate, countenance, permit, provide, endure, leave, stomach, take into account, allow for, earmark
Dictionary of English Synonymes
make allowance or provision
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How to use allow in a sentence?
I knew you were supposed to go on dates and go to parties, but because I was so big, I just took myself out of the equation, i didn't want to allow myself to be made fun of.
The world needs anger. The world often continues to allow evil because it isn't angry enough.
Uganda's constitution talks about a free and fair election. Anything less would be illegal, our position is that unless we have an independently constituted electoral commission and a new voters' register, we won't allow an illegal election to take place.
There is no doubt at all that the 'Yes' side are in the lead, we cannot allow Cameron to go into this renegotiation unchallenged, we cannot allow the 'Yes' side to have the massive head start they have got.
It's extremely inappropriate for foreign parliaments to interfere in HKSAR internal affairs in any way, and (we) will not allow (the United States) to become a stakeholder in HKSAR matters.
Translations for allow
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- أذن, سمح ب, سمحArabic
- дазволіць, дазваляцьBelarusian
- признавам, позволявам, допускам, давам, разрешавамBulgarian
- deixarCatalan, Valencian
- dovolit, povolitCzech
- tillade, acceptereDanish
- akzeptieren, erlauben, zulassen, einberechnenGerman
- παρέχω, παραδέχομαι, αφήνω, παραχωρώ, χορηγώ, επιτρέπω, αναγνωρίζωGreek
- permitir, dejar, concederSpanish
- varata, hyväksyä, varautua, sallia, myöntää, antaa lupa, tehdä varaus, antaa alennusFinnish
- laisser, accorder, permettreFrench
- lig, leomh, ceadaigh, lamháilIrish
- leig leScottish Gaelic
- pèmètHaitian Creole
- enged, elfogad, hagy, megenged, engedélyezHungarian
- permettere, lasciare, concedereItalian
- patior, permitto, immitto, praetermittoLatin
- laten doenDutch
- pozwolić, przyznać, wziąć pod uwagęPolish
- aceitar, considerar, permitir, deixarPortuguese
- lăsa, acorda, permite, îngădui, admiteRomanian
- учесть, позволить, разрешать, позволять, разрешить, [[принимать]] [[в, [[принять]] [[в, учитывать, допускать, допустить, признавать, признатьRussian
- lassare, lassaiSardinian
- дозволити, dozvolitiSerbo-Croatian
- dovoliť, povoliťSlovak
- дозволити, дозволятиUkrainian
- leyî, laireWalloon
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