• "Billy allowed the letter to be taken."
    "Billy allowed the letter to be taken."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v allow 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 allow give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause "I will earmark this money for your research","She sets aside time for meditation every day"
    • v allow 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"
    • v allow 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 allow let have "grant permission","Mandela was allowed few visitors in prison"
    • v allow grant as a discount or in exchange "The camera store owner allowed me $50 on my old camera"
    • v allow 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 allow the other (baseball) team to score "give up a run"
    • v allow 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"
    • v allow afford possibility "This problem admits of no solution","This short story allows of several different interpretations"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"No repairs allowed." "No repairs allowed."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Texas is the only state that is allowed to fly its flag at the same height as the U.S. flag
    • v. i Allow To admit; to concede; to make allowance or abatement. "Allowing still for the different ways of making it."
    • Allow To grant (something) as a deduction or an addition; esp. to abate or deduct; as, to allow a sum for leakage.
    • Allow To grant license to; to permit; to consent to; as, to allow a son to be absent.
    • Allow 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."
    • Allow To like; to be suited or pleased with. "How allow you the model of these clothes?"
    • Allow 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."
    • Allow To praise; to approve of; hence, to sanction. "Ye allow the deeds of your fathers.""We commend his pains, condemn his pride, allow his life, approve his learning."
    • Allow To sanction; to invest; to intrust. "Thou shalt be . . . allowed with absolute power."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: High Priests in ancient Egypt were the only ones who were allowed to wear garments made from cotton
    • allow To grant, give, or yield; assign; afford: as, to allow a free passage.
    • allow To admit; concede; confess; own; acknowledge: as, to allow the right of private judgment; he allowed that he was wrong; he allowed it might be so.
    • allow To abate or deduct; take into account; set apart: as, to allow so much for loss; to allow a sum for tare or leakage.
    • allow To grant permission to; permit: as, to allow a son to be absent.
    • allow To grant special license or indulgence to.
    • allow To invest; intrust.
    • allow To assert, declare, say; or, of mental assertion, to mean, purpose, intend, or, simply, think: the concessive sense presented assertively.
    • allow Synonyms Allow, Permit, Consent to, Sanction, Suffer, Tolerate. Allow and permit are often used synonymously; but permit strictly denotes a formal or implied assent; allow, the absence of an intent, or even only of an attempt, to hinder.
    • allow Consent to is formally to permit that which one has the power and generally some disposition to prevent; it implies the assumption of responsibility for that which is thus allowed. Sanction has a secondary sense of permitting with expressed or implied approbation: as, I cannot sanction such a course.
    • allow Suffer is still more passive or reluctant than allow, and may imply that one does not prevent something, though it is contrary to one's feelings, judgment, or sense of right. To tolerate is to bear with something unpleasant: as, I would not tolerate such impertinence. Many things are tolerated, or suffered, or even allowed, that are not permitted, and many are permitted that are not really consented to, much less sanctioned.
    • allow To make abatement, concession, or provision: followed by for: as, to allow for the tare.
    • allow To permit; admit: with of: as, “of this allow,”
    • allow To praise or commend; approve, justify, or sanction.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Early hockey games allowed as many as 30 players a side on the ice
    • v.t Allow al-low′ to grant: to permit: to acknowledge: to abate: make allowance for:
    • v.t Allow to put any one upon an allowance: to supply anything in limited quantities
    • v.t Allow al-low′ (obs.) invest, entrust: assert, say (coll. in U.S.)
    • ***


  • Kevin Spacey
    Kevin Spacey
    “I think I am a much better actor than I have allowed myself to be.”
  • Elbert Hubbard
    “Allow motion to equal emotion.”
  • Sir William Osler
    “Study until twenty five, investigate until forty, profession until sixty, at which age I would have him retired on a double allowance.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The hangover became a part of the day as well allowed-for as the Spanish siesta.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Sir, they are a race of convicts, and ought to be thankful for anything we allow them short of hanging.”
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
    “Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn't have the power to say yes.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. alouer, to grant—L. ad, to, and locāre, to place.—Allow, in the sense of approve or sanction, as used in B. and by old writers, has its root in L. allaudāread-, and laudāre, to praise.


In literature:

Allowance had to be made for the representations, as we now make allowances for Bible stories and Shakespeare.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
On one occasion alone had he ever allowed any of his underlings into it.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
It is only allowing one's self to collapse.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Not until then would Rochford allow the crew to help him on board.
"In the Wilds of Florida" by W.H.G. Kingston
And will you allow me to speak with great candor?
"Fairy Fingers" by Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
Why, I wouldn't even allow my father to select a yachting-cap for me, much less a husband.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
She had accepted her fate, and had never allowed the name of John Gordon to pass her lips.
"An Old Man's Love" by Anthony Trollope
The fumes should be allowed to escape into the outer air.
"Elements of Plumbing" by Samuel Dibble
The manufacturers refused; they were having a big harvest, and did not mean to allow the weavers to have a share in it.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
He allowed it to go to her, and she read it before she answered him.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope

In poetry:

To bygone days
Still returns
My heart;
My love
Will not allow me to forget.
"To" by Ki no Tsurayuki
Love will not allow
Another friend beside us ; —
But Friendship serves to show
Other stars to guide us.
"Friendship and Love" by Mary Anne Browne
And will never allow me to blarney
My way of getting
The fame and the girl and the money
All at one sitting.
"Toads" by Philip Larkin
Fated to ills beyond redress,
We must endure our woe;
The days allowed us to possess,
'Tis madness to forego.
"Written In A Quarrel" by William Cowper
One! One! One! art Thou,
Judge and King and God alone:
Thee we worship, and allow
None to share Thy glory—none!
"God is One" by John Bowring
'Before you had those timber toes
Your love I did allow;
But then, you know, you stand upon
Another footing now.'
"Faithless Nelly Gray" by Thomas Hood

In news:

The software giant and its security partners say they have made progress in building links that allow third-party applications to interact more closely with Vista's PatchGuard kernel protection technology.
There aren't too many scholars who truly appreciate the magnificence of apostrophes and what they allow you to do in speaking and writing English.
A young Syrian girl wiped her tears after not being allowed entry to Turkey last month.
A feisty and combative President Obama made clear today he will not allow Republican challenges to his foreign policy record to go unanswered.
From the whole Envirothon team, we would like to thank all of our sponsors that allowed us to compete amongst 48 other teams in the National Envirothon Competition in Amherst, Mass.
Arsenic levels allowed in apple juice may be too high, but even the consumer groups that are most concerned can't agree on the right levels.
Tolco's Ribbon Applicator tip allows users to dispense the proper amount of polishes, waxes, cream cleaners, adhesives and more.
Their superior design features stiffer applicator heads in 3 sizes that allow for scrubbing, reliable fibers that resist the harshest dental materials, and a stronger bendable portion.
With the Massachusetts Legislature approving a bill today that would allow an interim senator to fill the seat vacated by the death of US Senator Edward M Kennedy, all eyes are turning to Governor Deval Patrick.
He also recently helped start a new program that allows residents to apply for their homestead exemption online via the county appraiser 's website.
What you plant, how you plant it, how long you are allowed to leave it there and even whether you can plant anything at all are determined by cemetery rules.
All board members should be held to an appropriate behavioral standard — not allowed to be junior high bullies in public office.
Allow 2 - 3 weeks for delivery.
Edgartown allows two new sites for pond aquaculture .
It comes in the form of proposed federal legislation that would allow seafood farming in federal waters.

In science:

For example, in the inverted light experiments, Stratton used a device that allowed for incoming light to only one eye while the other eye was covered. Ewert(cid:213)s device was lightweight but allowed for a limited visual field.
Combining Research Methods and Results from Psychology and Physics in the Investigation of Quantum Mechanics
After making one of these allowable folds, we can in O(n) time update the value of x for each crease, and hence maintain the collection of allowable folds in linear time.
When Can You Fold a Map?
Substituting Eq.(25) into Eq.(26), we can explicitly perform the sum over n which allows us to complete the integral over ω yielding a Dirac δ -function with argument (τ − y/(s + γ )(1 + q)), which in turn allows us to trivially perform the integral over y .
Sign-time distribution for a random walker with a drifting boundary
The set of data is obtained through a computer instruction that allows to trace the route from one terminal to any allowed address in the Internet domain.
Growing dynamics of Internet providers
It allows us to “remove” fixed lozenges but there’s more: it also allows us to define disjoint sub-domains which can be tiled independently (see Section 5.3), so that the lattice of the tilings of D can be obtained by computing a product of smaller, simpler lattices (see Section 5.4).
An algorithm to generate exactly once every tiling with lozenges of a domain