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From Middle English allowen, alowen, a borrowing from Anglo-Norman allouer, alouer, from Medieval Latin allaudāre, present active infinitive of allaudō, merged with alouer, from Medieval Latin allocō (“to assign”).
- (transitive) To grant, give, admit, accord, afford, or yield; to let one have.
- to allow a servant his liberty; to allow a free passage; to allow one day for rest
- 2004 , Garnett, Constance, transl., “Ariadne”, in The Darling: and Other Stories, translation of original by Anton Chekhov:
- […] he needed a great deal of money, but his uncle only allowed him two thousand roubles a year, which was not enough, and for days together he would run about Moscow with his tongue out, as the saying is.
- (transitive) To acknowledge; to accept as true; to concede; to accede to an opinion.
- to allow a right; to allow a claim; to allow an appeal to allow the truth of a proposition
- 2000, Martin, George R[aymond] R[ichard], A Storm of Swords, Bantam, published 2011, page 154:
- Half the night passed before the wench allowed that it might be safe to stop.
- (transitive) To grant (something) as a deduction or an addition; especially to abate or deduct.
- To allow a sum for leakage.
- (transitive) To grant license to; to permit; to consent to.
- To allow a son to be absent.
- Smoking allowed only in designated areas.
- 1992, Rudolf M[athias] Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, New York, N.Y.: Columbia University Press, →ISBN, page vii:
- With fresh material, taxonomic conclusions are leavened by recognition that the material examined reflects the site it occupied; a herbarium packet gives one only a small fraction of the data desirable for sound conclusions. Herbarium material does not, indeed, allow one to extrapolate safely: what you see is what you get […]
- To not bar or obstruct.
- Although I don't consent to their holding such meetings, I will allow them for the time being.
- 2013 July 26, Leo Hickman, “How algorithms rule the world”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 7, page 26:
- The use of algorithms in policing is one example of their increasing influence on our lives. And, as their ubiquity spreads, so too does the debate around whether we should allow ourselves to become so reliant on them – and who, if anyone, is policing their use.
- (transitive) To take into account by making an allowance.
- When calculating a budget for a construction project, always allow for contingencies.
- (transitive) To render physically possible.
- 2013 June 1, “Ideas coming down the track”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8838, page 13 (Technology Quarterly):
- A “moving platform” scheme […] is more technologically ambitious than maglev trains even though it relies on conventional rails. Local trains would use side-by-side rails to roll alongside intercity trains and allow passengers to switch trains by stepping through docking bays.
- (transitive, obsolete) To praise; to approve of; hence, to sanction.
- 1842, Thomas Fuller, Church History of Britain:
- We commend his pains, condemn his pride, allow his life, approve his learning.
- (obsolete) To sanction; to invest; to entrust.
- 1623, William Shakespeare, The Life of Timon of Athens:
- Therefore so please thee to return with us,
And of our Athens—thine and ours—to take
The captainship, thou shalt be met with thanks,
Allow'd with absolute power, and thy good name
Live with authority. So soon we shall drive back
Of Alcibiades the approaches wild,
Who, like a boar too savage, doth root up
His country's peace.
- (transitive, obsolete) To like; to be suited or pleased with.
- (law, transitive) To decide (a request) in favour of the party who raised it; to grant victory to a party regarding (a request).
- To allow an objection, to find in favour of the objection and forbid the conduct objected to; to allow an appeal, to decide the appeal in favour of the appellant (contrast grant leave to appeal, to permit an appeal to be heard).
Conjugation of allow
- (let have): grant, admit, afford, yield, give, permit, allot, bestow, concede
- (grant license): permit, consent, let, concede
- (not bar or obstruct): tolerate, suffer, permit, admit, concede
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 take into account as a deduction or an addition
to let something happen, to admit, to concede
to make allowance
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