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Verb: allow  u'law
  1. Make it possible through a specific action or lack of action for something to happen
    "This sealed door won't allow the water to come into the basement";
    - let, permit
  2. Consent to, give permission; permit
    "I cannot allow you to see your exam";
    - permit, let, countenance
  3. Let have; give the right to; give the opportunity or permission to
    "Mandela was allowed few visitors in prison";
    - grant, accord, allot
  4. Give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause
    "I will allow this money for your research";
    - appropriate, earmark, set aside, reserve
  5. Make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain
    "The evidence allows only one conclusion"; "allow for mistakes";
    - leave, allow for, provide
  6. Allow or plan for a certain possibility; concede the truth or validity of something
    "I allow for this possibility";
    - take into account, bear in mind
  7. Afford possibility
    "This short story allows of several different interpretations";
    - admit
  8. Allow the other (baseball) team to score
    "allow a run";
    - give up
  9. Grant as a discount or in exchange
    "The camera store owner allowed me $50 on my old camera"
  10. Allow the presence of or allow (an activity) without opposing or prohibiting
    "We don't allow dogs here";
    - permit, tolerate

Derived forms: allowed, allowing, allows

Type of: accept, afford, allot, assign, calculate, consent, count on, discount, estimate, figure, forecast, give, go for, portion, reckon, yield

Antonym: keep, refuse

Encyclopedia: Allow