allow meaning

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allow verb
1. (give) let have
Related: grant
Antonyms: deny
  • "grant permission"
  • "Mandela was allowed few visitors in prison"
2. (assign) give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause
Related: appropriate, earmark, set_aside, reserve
  • "I will earmark this money for your research"
  • "She sets aside time for meditation every day"
3. (calculate) allow or plan for a certain possibility; concede the truth or validity of something
Related: take_into_account
  • "I allow for this possibility"
  • "The seamstress planned for 5% shrinkage after the first wash"
4. (discount) grant as a discount or in exchange
  • "The camera store owner allowed me $50 on my old camera"
5. (permit) allow the presence of or allow (an activity) without opposing or prohibiting
Related: permit, tolerate
  • "We don't allow dogs here"
  • "Children are not permitted beyond this point"
  • "We cannot tolerate smoking in the hospital"
let verb
1. make it possible through a specific action or lack of action for something to happen
Related: allow, permit
Antonyms: prevent
  • "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"
leave verb
1. (yield) make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain
Related: allow_for, allow, provide
  • "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"
permit verb
1. (accept) consent to, give permission
Related: allow, let, countenance
Antonyms: forbid
  • "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"
admit verb
1. afford possibility
Related: allow
  • "This problem admits of no solution"
  • "This short story allows of several different interpretations"
give_up verb
1. allow the other (baseball) team to score
Related: allow
  • "give up a run"
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