allow

  • 1 allow — al‧low [əˈlaʊ] verb [transitive] 1. ACCOUNTING when the tax authorities allow an amount, cost, or expense, they permit it not to be counted as part of income or profits: • You re allowed a certain amount a year in personal allowances, before you… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 2 Allow — 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 …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 allow — al·low /ə lau̇/ vt: to give approval of or permission for: as a: to grant fulfillment of allow ed her petition for relief b: to decide in favor of allow a deduction on a tax return c: to permit to be presented …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 allow — 1. This verb matches admit in having a wide range of common uses, transitive and intransitive, with that clauses, and with an infinitive complement. For several centuries it has alternated in many meanings with the phrasal verb allow of; some of… …

    Modern English usage

  • 5 allow — [ə lou′] vt. [ME alowen < OFr alouer < ML allocare, ALLOCATE; assoc. with OFr alouer < L allaudare, to extol < ad , to + laudare, to praise] 1. to let do, happen, etc.; permit; let [we weren t allowed to go] 2. to let have [she… …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 allow — [v1] admit; acknowledge acquiesce, avow, concede, confess, grant, let on, own; concepts 60,82 Ant. deny, refuse, reject allow [v2] permit an action accord, accredit, admit, approve, authorize, bear, be big*, be game for*, brook, certify,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 Allow — Al*low , v. i. To admit; to concede; to make allowance or abatement. [1913 Webster] Allowing still for the different ways of making it. Addison. [1913 Webster] {To allow of}, to permit; to admit. Shak. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 8 allow — ► VERB 1) admit as legal or acceptable. 2) permit to do something. 3) (allow for) take into consideration when making plans or calculations. 4) provide or set aside for a particular purpose. 5) admit the truth of. DERIVATIVES …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 allow me — allow ˈme idiom used to offer help politely • ‘Allow me,’ he said, taking the tray from her. Main entry: ↑allowidiom …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 10 allow — (v.) early 14c., to commend or praise; late 14c., recognize or admit (a privilege, excuse, etc.) as valid; sanction, permit; early 15c., take into account or give credit for (of business matters), from Anglo Fr. alouer, O.Fr. aloer (13c.) allot,… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 11 allow — 1 permit, suffer, *let, leave Analogous words: tolerate, endure, stand, brook (see BEAR): accede, acquiesce (see ASSENT): *yield, submit, defer Antonyms: inhibit Contrasted words: *forbid, prohibit, enjoin: * …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 12 allow — al|low W1S1 [əˈlau] v [T] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(can do something)¦ 2¦(make something possible)¦ 3¦(have enough of something)¦ 4¦(correct/permitted)¦ 5 allow me Phrasal verbs  allow for somebody/something  allow of something ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Date: 1300 1400 …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 allow */*/*/ — UK [əˈlaʊ] / US verb [transitive] Word forms allow : present tense I/you/we/they allow he/she/it allows present participle allowing past tense allowed past participle allowed 1) to give someone permission to do or have something I m sorry, sir,… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 allow — al|low [ ə lau ] verb transitive *** ▸ 1 give permission ▸ 2 give someone an opportunity ▸ 3 provide enough of something ▸ 4 in a court of law ▸ 5 accept something is true ▸ + PHRASES 1. ) to give someone permission to do or have something: I m… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 allow — [[t]əla͟ʊ[/t]] ♦ allows, allowing, allowed 1) VERB If someone is allowed to do something, it is all right for them to do it and they will not get into trouble. [be V ed to inf] The children are not allowed to watch violent TV programmes... [V n… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 allow — verb (T) 1 to let someone do or have something, or let something happen: allow sb to do sth: The committee allowed the oil company to build a refinery on the island. | allow sb sth: We allow passengers one item of hand luggage each. | allow sb… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 allow — /euh low /, v.t. 1. to give permission to or for; permit: to allow a student to be absent; No swimming allowed. 2. to let have; give as one s share; grant as one s right: to allow a person $100 for expenses. 3. to permit by neglect, oversight, or …

    Universalium

  • 18 allow — al•low [[t]əˈlaʊ[/t]] v. t. 1) to give permission to or for; permit: to allow a student to be absent; No smoking allowed[/ex] 2) to let have; give as one s share: to allow a person $100 for expenses[/ex] 3) to permit by neglect or oversight: to… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 19 allow — v. 1) (A; usu. without the preposition) ( to permit ) he allowed himself no meat 2) (d; intr.) ( to provide ) to allow for (we allowed for the difference in age; you must allow for shrinkage) 3) (D; tr.) ( to give ) to allow for (they allowed an… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 20 allow — /əˈlaʊ / (say uh low) verb (t) 1. to grant permission to or for; permit: to allow a student to be absent; no smoking allowed. 2. to let have; grant or give as one s share or suited to one s needs; assign as one s right: to allow a person $100 for …

    Australian English dictionary