Definition of "allow" []

  • To let do or happen; permit: We allow smoking only in restricted areas. (verb-transitive)
  • To permit the presence of: No pets are allowed inside. (verb-transitive)
  • To permit to have: allow oneself a little treat. (verb-transitive)
  • To make provision for; assign: The schedule allows time for a coffee break. (verb-transitive)
  • To plan for in case of need: allow two inches in the fabric for shrinkage. (verb-transitive)
  • To permit (to do something); let (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To set aside (verb)
  • To let enter or stay (verb)
  • To acknowledge or concede (a point, claim, etc) (verb)
  • To let have; grant (verb)
  • To take into account (verb)
  • To permit; admit (verb)
  • To assert; maintain (verb)
  • To approve; accept (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "allow" in a sentence
  • "Could this change in the definition allow patients, who would otherwise be denied treatment, to receive the help they sought?"
  • "And don't discount, Kyra, the -- what I call the allow (ph) method of security."
  • "Weidenbaum: How far ahead do you plan — do you know exactly what Projekt is releasing this year, or does the size of your label allow you to act more spontaneously?"