[[t]əˈlaʊ[/t]] v. t.
1) to give permission to or for; permit:
to allow a student to be absent; No smoking allowed[/ex]
2) to let have; give as one's share:
to allow a person $100 for expenses[/ex]
3) to permit by neglect or oversight:
to allow a door to remain open[/ex]
4) to admit; acknowledge; concede:
I had to allow that he was right[/ex]
5) to approve, as for payment:
to allow a claim[/ex]
6) to assign or allocate; set apart:
to allow an hour for changing trains[/ex]
7) sts Older Use. to say; think
8) archaic to approve; sanction
9) to permit or grant; admit (often fol. by of):
to spend more than one's budget allows; a premise that allows of only one conclusion[/ex]
10) idi allow for, to make provision for:
to allow for breakage[/ex]
Etymology: 1250–1300; ME alowen < AF al(l)o(u)er to place, allot, allow, OF aloer to place < ML allocāre; see allocate syn: allow, permit, let imply granting or conceding the right of someone to do something. allow suggests passivity or even oversight; it points to the absence of an attempt or intent to hinder: The baby-sitter allowed the children to run around the house. permit implies a more positive or willing consent; it is often used of a formal authorization: Bicycle riding is not permitted in this park. let is a familiar, conversational term used in a similar sense: My parents let me stay up late.

From formal English to slang. 2014.


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