What are some alternative words for allow?

Synonyms for allow

This thesaurus page is about all possible synonyms, equivalent, same meaning and similar words for the term allow.

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.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. allow

    concede, apportion, allot, assign, afford, tolerate, authorize, grant, remit, recognize, acknowledge, avow, confess, admit, permit, suffer, sanction, yield

    withhold, withdraw, resume, refuse, deny, disallow, repudiate, protest, withstand, resist, disapprove, reject

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

How to pronounce allow?

US English

How to say allow in sign language?

  1. allow

Words popularity by usage frequency


How to use allow in a sentence?

  1. Sanjay Madan:

    To Experience the diversity of mother nature with all five senses and allow it to evolve you as a human being is truly Travel”

  2. Ohio Republican Gov. Mike DeWine:

    I believe when we look back on this, we'll be happy we did this. The votes that have already been cast will still be counted - and this recommendation would allow others to vote in the future.

  3. De Brum:

    Small island countries need that confidence ... to accept a treaty that does not have 2 degrees guaranteed anywhere, it has to be flexible enough to allow for greater ambition, that's what all the component parts must add up to.

  4. Immanuel Kant, CRITIQUE OF PURE REASON:

    Criticism alone can sever the root of materialism, fatalism, atheism, free-thinking, fanaticism, and superstition, which can be injurious universally; as well as of idealism and skepticism, which are dangerous chiefly to the Schools, and hardly allow of being handed on to the public.

  5. Andrew Hasman:

    I had a call last week from another agent wanting to know if a seller of a transaction we just did would allow the buyer to back out, because they had just recently lost a huge amount of money in the Chinese stock market correction.

Translations for allow

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • 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

Get even more translations for allow »


Find a translation for the allow synonym in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Images & Illustrations of allow

  1. allow

Discuss these allow synonyms with the community:


Use the citation below to add these synonyms to your bibliography:


"allow." Synonyms.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2020. Web. 14 Aug. 2020. <https://www.synonyms.com/synonym/allow>.

Are we missing a good synonym for allow?

Free, no signup required:

Add to Chrome

Get instant synonyms for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Free, no signup required:

Add to Firefox

Get instant synonyms for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for allow:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.