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al·low

allow

 
 
pronunciation:
laU
phrases:
allow for
grammatical pattern:
verb + gerund, verb smby + inf, verb + that, verb + obj + obj
features:
Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: allows, allowing, allowed
definition 1: to permit; let;
The hospital does not allow smoking anywhere on the premises.[verb + gerund ] Please allow me to help you with the expenses of the party.[verb smby + inf ] The university allows second-year students to live off campus.[verb smby + inf ] Tenants are allowed to have cats in their apartments, but not dogs.[verb smby + inf ]
synonyms:
authorize, let, permit
antonyms:
disallow, forbid, hinder, inhibit, prevent, prohibit
similar words:
abide, admit, approve, countenance, empower, enable, grant, sanction, suffer, tolerate
definition 2: to concede.
She allowed that he might be right on certain points, but she could not agree with his main argument.[verb + that ] The insurance company did not allow their claim.
synonyms:
accept, admit, authorize, concede, grant, let, permit, sanction
antonyms:
deny, disallow, dispute
similar words:
acknowledge, agree, approve, comply
definition 3: to provide or set aside (a certain amount).
Her mother allowed her ten dollars a week.[verb + obj + obj ] The teacher allowed an hour for the students to finish.
synonyms:
allocate, allot
similar words:
provide, spare
definition 4: to permit by not paying close enough attention.
How could you allow such a thing to happen?[verb + smth + inf. ]
synonyms:
let, permit
similar words:
sanction
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phrase: allow for