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
Starting Sept. 1, the active 25-man roster will expand to 40, allowing teams to get more players major-league experience.
An uncharacteristic error on Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado allowed a run to score to cut the Colorado lead to 4-3, but the inning ended on a Billy Hamilton groundout.
Just as the microscope revealed the cell, these researchers are crafting tools that will allow insight into the how neural networks make decisions.
This swap allows the batteries to pack more energy within the same volume, Osborne said.
In 2015, the group allowed women to join, in part due to pressure from the school's administration, and was met with blowback from the alumni community.
But membership has allowed Britain to improve the policy.
Diaz-Balart is chairman of the House subcommittee tasked with funding the Federal Aviation Administration, a powerful position that allows the veteran lawmaker to shape legislation that affects the federal budget.
The Rock Island Station Shopping Center, anchored by CVS Pharmacy at the northeast corner of US 30 and Cedar Road, is expected to generate enough sales tax revenue to allow the village to build a new train station in the adjacent Metra lot.
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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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