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[v] 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"
[v] give or assign a share of money or time to a particular person or cause; "I will earmark this money for your research"
[v] 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"
[v] 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"
[v] let have; "grant permission"; "Mandela was allowed few visitors in prison"
[v] grant as a discount or in exchange; "The camera store owner allowed me $50 on my old camera"
[v] 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"
[v] allow the other team to score; "give up a run", in baseball
[v] 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"
[v] afford possibility; "This problem admits of no solution"; "This short story allows of several different interpretations"

Misc. Definitions

\Al*low"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Allowed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Allowing}.] [OE. alouen, OF. alouer, aloer, aluer, F. allouer, fr. LL. allocare to admit as proved, to place, use; confused with OF. aloer, fr. L. allaudare to extol; ad + laudare to praise. See {Local}, and cf. {Allocate}, {Laud}.]
1. To praise; to approve of; hence, to sanction. [Obs. or Archaic] Ye allow the deeds of your fathers. --Luke xi. 4
8. 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}.
\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. --Shak.

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