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Synonyms for allow

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Wiktionary5.0 / 1 vote

  1. allowverb

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

  2. allowverb

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

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

  3. allowverb

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

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

  4. allowverb

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

    To allow a sum for leakage.

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

  5. allowverb

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

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

  6. allowverb

    To not bar or obstruct.

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

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

  7. allowverb

    To acknowledge or concede.

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

  8. allowverb

    To take into account by making an allowance.

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

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

  9. allowverb

    To render physically possible

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

English Synonyms and Antonyms0.0 / 0 votes

  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.

Princeton's WordNet5.0 / 1 vote

  1. 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"

    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, 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"

    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, grantverb

    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, 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

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

  5. 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

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

  6. 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"

    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, allowverb

    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, 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

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

  9. allowverb

    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, 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

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

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Dictionary of English Synonymes5.0 / 1 vote

  1. allowverb

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

  2. allowverb

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

  3. allowverb

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

  4. allowverb

    grant, give, yield, relinquish, spare

  5. allowverb

    approve, sanction, justify

  6. allowverb

    remit, abate, bate, deduct

  7. allowverb

    make allowance or provision

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. allowverb

    permit, consent to, tolerate, suffer, endure

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  1. Khan Academy:

    Elon, I hope you really feel good about this, this is going to allow us to accelerate all sorts of content. Our aspirations are all subjects -- from kids to early stages of college. This will accelerate our science content, allow us to do more early learning, allow us to make the software and the practice that much more engaging.

  2. Isaac Asimov:

    One, a robot may not injure a human being, or through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm Two, a robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law Three, a robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

  3. Olivia Gallegos:

    I think the message that was sent to all conservatives with the Senate decision is your voice does not matter, i think saying, Well, we're going to allow young college Democrats. We're going to allow the feminists on campus, the communist group, we'll allow that, but we will not allow a Turning Point USA group.

  4. Peter Dutton:

    We have a very important trading relationship with China – incredibly important, but we are not going to allow university students to be unduly influenced, we are not going to allow theft of intellectual property, and we are not going to allow our government bodies or non-government bodies to be hacked into.

  5. Lakshheish M Patel:

    I will not allow anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.' — mahatma gandhi 'I will not allow any trader or investor to walk out by making a single penny from the dalal street.' — All Stock Brokerage firms Association

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
  • अनुमतिHindi
  • pèmètHaitian Creole
  • enged, elfogad, hagy, megenged, engedélyezHungarian
  • թույլ տալArmenian
  • 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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