Definition of allow
1a : permit doesn't allow people to smoke in his homeb : to fail to restrain or prevent allow the dog to roam
2a : to assign as a share or suitable amount (as of time or money) allow an hour for lunchb : to reckon as a deduction or an addition allow a gallon for leakage
1 : to make a possibility : admit —used with of evidence that allows of only one conclusion
2 : to give consideration to circumstances or contingencies —used with for a plan that allows for expansion
Examples of allow in a Sentence
a religion that does not allow divorce
They don't allow smoking in this hotel.
I want to change my schedule, but my boss won't allow it.
My boss wouldn't allow me to change my schedule.
They don't allow people to smoke in this hotel.
Women were not allowed in the club.
The hospital doesn't allow visitors after 8 p.m.
Her schedule doesn't allow her any time to run errands.
The system allows you to transfer data easily from one computer to another.
Occasional gaps allow passage through the mountains.
Recent Examples of allow from the Web
The SEC tabled a vote on Georgia's intraconference transfer proposal that would have allowed players to transfer within the conference without the need for a waiver.
Sharara field production said to rise 25,000 barrels a day North African nation output at highest since October 2014 Libya’s biggest oil field boosted production, allowing the OPEC nation to pump crude at the highest level since October 2014.
There were also fine gradations of enslavement that allowed slaves to change their status through intermarriage and manumission.
Wheeler will eventually be allowed to post bond pending an appeal.
The law limits deposits and nonrefundable fees to one month’s rent and pet fees to an additional one-fourth of monthly rent, and allows those costs to be paid over six months.
The new chip would let Apple offload those tasks onto a dedicated module designed specifically for demanding artificial intelligence processing, allowing Apple to improve battery performance.
If your group raised $2 million in war bonds, it would be allowed to name one of the ships.
RAYS SALVAGE A SPLIT Matt Andriese allowed six hits over eight innings, Colby Rasmus drove in four runs, and the Tampa Bay Rays salvaged a split of a four-game series at home with Los Angeles by beating the Angels, 4-0.
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ALLOW Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of allow for English Language Learners
: to permit (something) : to regard or treat (something) as acceptable
: to permit (someone) to have or do something
: to permit (someone) to go or come in, out, etc.
ALLOW Defined for Kids
Definition of allow for Students
1 : to give permission to Mom allowed us to stay up late.
2 : to fail to prevent Don't allow the dog to roam.
3 : to assign as a share or suitable amount (as of time or money) Our parents allowed us each five dollars to spend.
4 : to accept as true : concede I'm willing to allow that he may be right.
5 : to consider when making a decision or a calculation Our plans didn't allow for the possibility of rain.
6 : to make it possible to have or do something Your shoes should be big enough to allow for growth.
Legal Definition of allow
: to give approval of or permission for: as a : to grant fulfillment of allowed her petition for relief b : to decide in favor of allow a deduction on a tax return c : to permit to be presented allows his claim more jurisdictions will allow the cause of action
allowable\ə-ˈlau̇-ə-bəl\ play adjective
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