Al·low, v. i. To admit; to concede; to make allowance or abatement.
Allowing still for the different ways of making it. --Addison.
To allow of, to permit; to admit.
Al·low v. t. [imp. & p. p. Allowed p. pr. & vb. n. Allowing.]
1. To praise; to approve of; hence, to sanction. [Obs. or Archaic]
Ye allow the deeds of your fathers. --Luke xi. 48.
We commend his pains, condemn his pride, allow his life, approve his learning. --Fuller.
2. To like; to be suited or pleased with. [Obs.]
How allow you the model of these clothes? --Massinger.
3. To sanction; to invest; to intrust. [Obs.]
Thou shalt be . . . allowed with absolute power. --Shak.
4. To grant, give, admit, accord, afford, or yield; to let one have; as, to allow a servant his liberty; to allow a free passage; to allow one day for rest.
He was allowed about three hundred pounds a year. --Macaulay.
5. To own or acknowledge; to accept as true; to concede; to accede to an opinion; as, to allow a right; to allow a claim; to allow the truth of a proposition.
I allow, with Mrs. Grundy and most moralists, that Miss Newcome's conduct . . . was highly reprehensible. --Thackeray.
6. To grant (something) as a deduction or an addition; esp. to abate or deduct; as, to allow a sum for leakage.
7. To grant license to; to permit; to consent to; as, to allow a son to be absent.
Syn: -- To allot; assign; bestow; concede; admit; permit; suffer; tolerate. See Permit.
v 1: make it possible through a specific action or lack of action
for something to happen; "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"
[syn: let, permit] [ant: prevent]
2: consent to, give permission; "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" [syn: permit,
let, countenance] [ant: forbid, forbid]
3: let have; "grant permission"; "Mandela was allowed few
visitors in prison" [syn: grant] [ant: deny]
4: give or assign a share of money or time to a particular
person or cause; "I will earmark this money for your
research" [syn: appropriate, earmark, set aside, reserve]
5: make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be
attainable or cause to remain; "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" [syn: leave,
allow for, provide]
6: allow or plan for a certain possibility; concede the truth
or validity of something; "I allow for this possibility";
"The seamstress planned for 5% shrinkage after the first
wash" [syn: take into account]
7: afford possibility; "This problem admits of no solution";
"This short story allows of several different
interpretations" [syn: admit]
8: allow the other (baseball) team to score; "give up a run"
[syn: 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";
"Children are not permitted beyond this point"; "We
cannot tolerate smoking in the hospital" [syn: permit,