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Synonyms for allow

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. let, allow, permit(verb)

    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"

    rent, admit, have, grant, set aside, appropriate, let, tolerate, give up, reserve, get, countenance, permit, provide, leave, take into account, lease, allow for, earmark

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

  2. permit, allow, let, countenance(verb)

    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"

    rent, admit, have, grant, set aside, appropriate, let, give up, reserve, tolerate, countenance, permit, provide, get, leave, take into account, lease, allow for, earmark

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

  3. allow, grant(verb)

    let have

    "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

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

  4. allow, appropriate, earmark, set aside, reserve(verb)

    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

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

  5. leave, allow for, allow, provide(verb)

    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

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

  6. allow, take into account(verb)

    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"

    permit, give up, admit, provide, countenance, allow for, tolerate, let, grant, set aside, appropriate, earmark, reserve, leave, take into account

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

  7. admit, allow(verb)

    afford possibility

    "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

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

  8. give up, allow(verb)

    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

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

  9. allow(verb)

    grant as a discount or in exchange

    "The camera store owner allowed me $50 on my old camera"

    permit, give up, admit, provide, countenance, allow for, tolerate, let, grant, set aside, appropriate, earmark, reserve, leave, take into account

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

  10. allow, permit, tolerate(verb)

    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

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


  1. allow(verb)

    suffer, tolerate, assign, admit, permit, concede, let, bestow, allot

  2. allow(verb)

    To grant, give, admit, accord, afford, or yield; to let one have.

    let, bestow, admit, concede, suffer, permit, assign, allot, tolerate

  3. allow(verb)

    To acknowledge; to accept as true; to concede; to accede to an opinion.

    assign, tolerate, let, permit, admit, bestow, suffer, allot, concede

  4. allow(verb)

    To grant (something) as a deduction or an addition; especially to abate or deduct;

    To allow a sum for leakage.

    allot, let, admit, permit, assign, suffer, tolerate, concede, bestow

  5. allow(verb)

    To grant license to; to permit; to consent to.

    concede, let, admit, permit, bestow, assign, suffer, allot, tolerate

  6. allow(verb)

    To not bar or obstruct.

    Although I don't consent to their holding such meetings, I will allow them for the time being.

    permit, concede, bestow, allot, suffer, tolerate, let, assign, admit

  7. allow(verb)

    To acknowledge or concede.

    allot, let, concede, permit, bestow, assign, admit, tolerate, suffer

  8. allow(verb)

    To take into account by making an allowance.

    When calculating a budget for a construction project, always allow for contingencies.

    allot, admit, tolerate, let, permit, concede, assign, bestow, suffer

  9. allow(verb)

    To render physically possible

    concede, allot, suffer, bestow, assign, let, permit, tolerate, admit

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. allow

    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.

    admit, concede, consent to, grant, let, permit, sanction, suffer, tolerate, yield

    deny, disallow, disapprove, forbid, protest, refuse, reject, resist, withstand

    To allow of (in best recent usage, simply to allow) such an action; allow one in such a course; allow for spending-money.

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. allow(v. a.)

    admit, acknowledge, confess, own, concede, take for granted

  2. allow(v. a.)

    permit, let, authorize, grant leave to, give permission to

  3. allow(v. a.)

    suffer, tolerate, endure, bear, put up with, bear with

  4. allow(v. a.)

    grant, give, yield, relinquish, spare

  5. allow(v. a.)

    approve, sanction, justify

  6. allow(v. a.)

    remit, abate, bate, deduct

  7. allow(v. n.)

    make allowance or provision

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. allow(v)

    permit, consent to, tolerate, suffer, endure

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How to use allow in a sentence?

  1. Chris Hansen:

    What you saw today was a prototype of the pressure garment. The life support system is back in a lab in Houston, we want systems that allow our astronauts to be scientists on the surface of the moon.

  2. Ron Wyden:

    Given that Treasury Department has responded to my oversight questions, I have agreed to allow the nominations hearing for Brett McIntosh, Brian Callanan, and Brian McGuire to move forward so I can ask them directly about their involvement in this and other troubling episodes.

  3. David Peterson:

    There is so much energy and so much intensity that we can not stop them with conventional means, in these fires, we have to allow them to burn until there’s a period of high humidity and rain that helps reduce the temperature of fire enough to control it.

  4. Philip Breedlove:

    The first series of changes will not be an increase in number but they will be to group them together ... to better prepare our forces and to allow nations to work together as a NATO force, but we are looking at increasing some exercises.

  5. Todd Spitzer:

    It’s becoming part of the permanent landscape in those communities and there is no way we are going to allow Orange County land that is supposed to be used by residents to be occupied by the homeless.

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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
  • lubamaEstonian
  • varata, hyväksyä, varautua, sallia, myöntää, antaa lupa, tehdä varaus, antaa alennusFinnish
  • laisser, accorder, permettreFrench
  • lig, leomh, ceadaigh, lamháilIrish
  • leig leScottish Gaelic
  • deixarGalician
  • pèmètHaitian Creole
  • enged, elfogad, hagy, megenged, engedélyezHungarian
  • grantarIdo
  • permettere, lasciare, concedereItalian
  • 許すJapanese
  • អនុញ្ញាតKhmer
  • 허락Korean
  • patior, permitto, immitto, praetermittoLatin
  • ļautLatvian
  • дозволуваMacedonian
  • membenarkanMalay
  • 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
  • dovolitiSlovene
  • idhinishaSwahili
  • дозволити, дозволятиUkrainian
  • leyî, laireWalloon

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    A synonym for "subterranean"
    • A. overhead
    • B. ulterior
    • C. surface
    • D. overt

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