allow (third-person singular simple presentallows, present participleallowing, simple past and past participleallowed)
(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, Constance Garnett (translator), Anton Chekhov (Russian author), “Ariadne”, in The Darling: and Other Stories:
[…] 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 the truth of a proposition
Mr. Knightley, I shall not allow you to be a fair judge in this case.Jane Austen, Emma, Vol. I, Ch. 5 (1815).
(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. Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, 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 […]
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.
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.
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