Thesaurus

allow

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of allow

  1. 1 to give permission for or to approve of flash photography is not allowed inside the church Synonyms of allow green-light, have, permit, suffer Words Related to allow authorize, commission, license (also licence); accede (to), acquiesce, agree (to), assent (to), consent (to), OK (or okay), warrant; accord, concede, grant, sanction, vouchsafe; admit, brook, condone, countenance, endure, support, tolerate Phrases stand for Near Antonyms of allow hinder, impede, obstruct; censure, disallow, disapprove, deny, interdict, refuse, reject, revoke, suppress, withhold; deplore, discountenance, disfavor, dislike, frown (at or on), grudge; check, curb, keep, repress, restrain Antonyms of allow ban, enjoin, forbid, prohibit, proscribe, veto

  2. 2 to give permission to a boarding school that does not allow students to go on weekend trips without written permission Synonyms of allow leave, let, permit Words Related to allow authorize, commission, empower, license (also licence); approve, endorse (also indorse), sanction; free, liberate, release; cater (to), give in (to), humor, indulge Near Antonyms of allow deter, discourage; bar, block, constrain, curb, frustrate, hold back, impede, inhibit, obstruct, prevent Antonyms of allow enjoin, forbid, prohibit

  3. 3 to fail to prevent (some behavior on someone's part) especially from neglect or indifference only a lazy gardener would allow the weeds to grow that high Synonyms of allow let, permit, suffer, tolerate Words Related to allow brush (aside or off), condone, disregard, ignore, overlook, shrug off, wink (at); excuse, forgive, pardon; brook, cater (to), give in (to), humor, indulge Phrases put up with Near Antonyms of allow forbid, prohibit; curb, deter, discourage, frustrate, hold back, impede, inhibit, interfere (with) Antonyms of allow bar, block, constrain, prevent

  4. 4 to accept the truth or existence of (something) usually reluctantly I'll allow I probably said more than I should have Synonyms of allow acknowledge, agree, admit, concede, confess, fess (up), grant, own (up to)Words Related to allow disburden, unburden, unload; affirm, avow, confirm, profess; accept, recognize, yield; announce, break, broadcast, communicate, declare, disclose, divulge, impart, proclaim, publish, reveal, spill, tell, unveil; betray, blab, expose, give away, inform, leak, rat, squeal, talk, tattle, tip (off), warn, wise (up); breathe, say, whisperNear Antonyms of allow disallow, disavow, disclaim, disown; contradict, dispute, gainsay, negate, negative; rebut, refute, reject, repudiate; conceal, cover (up), hide, obscure, veil; kid (oneself)Antonyms of allow deny

  5. 5 to give as a share or portion allowed each camper one match to light his fire Synonyms of allow allocate, allot, apportion, assign, distribute, lot, rationWords Related to allow admeasure, administer, deal, dispense, divide, dole out, hand out, measure, mete (out), meter, parcel (out), part, portion, prorate, share (out), split; accord, award, give, grant; earmark, reserve; chip in, contribute, donate; reallocate, reapportion, reassign, redistributeNear Antonyms of allow begrudge, deny, deprive (of); keep, retain, stint, withhold; appropriate, arrogate, confiscate

  6. 6 to make able or possible a patient's canceled appointment allowed the doctor to squeeze in a few extra phone calls Synonyms of allow enable, empower, let, permitWords Related to allow fit, habilitate, prepare, qualify, ready; approve, endorse (also indorse), sanction; condition, equipNear Antonyms of allow inhibit, preclude; disallow, enjoin, forbid, prohibitAntonyms of allow prevent

  7. 7 to make a statement of one's opinion he allowed that their new house looked very nice Synonyms of allow remark, comment, editorialize, note, observe, opine, reflect, weigh inWords Related to allow commentate; articulate, express, say, speak, state, talk, tell, utter, verbalize, vocalize; conjecture, daresay, guess, speculate, suppose, surmise

  8. 8 chiefly Southern & Midland  to have as an opinion people in these parts allow that everyone is entitled to one mistake in life, even if it's a doozy Synonyms of allow believe [chiefly Southern & Midland], conceive, consider, deem, esteem, feel, figure, guess, hold, imagine, judge, reckon [chiefly dialect], suppose, thinkWords Related to allow regard, view; accept, perceive; depend, rely, trust; assume, presume, presuppose, surmise; conclude, deduce, inferNear Antonyms of allow distrust, doubt, mistrust, question, suspect; disbelieve, discredit, reject

  9. 9 chiefly Southern & Midland  to have in mind as a purpose or goal I allow to go hunting before the season is over Synonyms of allow aim, intend [chiefly Southern & Midland], aspire, calculate, contemplate, design, go [chiefly Southern & Midland], look, mean, meditate, plan, propose, purport, purposeWords Related to allow dream, hope, wish; consider, debate, mull (over), ponder; attempt, endeavor, strive, struggle, try; plot, scheme; accomplish, achieve, effect, execute, perform



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