Synonyms and Antonyms of allow
to give permission for or to approve of
- Flash photography is not allowed inside the museum.
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
hinder, impede, obstruct
censure, deny, disallow, disapprove, interdict, refuse, reject, revoke, suppress, withhold
deplore, discountenance, disfavor, dislike, frown (at or on), grudge
check, curb, keep, repress, restrain
to give permission to
- a boarding school that does not allow students to go on weekend trips without written permission
authorize, commission, empower, license (also licence)
approve, endorse (also indorse), sanction
free, liberate, release
cater (to), give in (to), humor, indulge
bar, block, constrain, curb, frustrate, hold back, impede, inhibit, obstruct, prevent
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.
brush (aside or off), condone, disregard, ignore, overlook, shrug off, wink (at)
excuse, forgive, pardon
brook, cater (to), give in (to), humor, indulge
to accept the truth or existence of (something) usually reluctantly
- I'll allow I probably said more than I should have.
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)
disallow, disavow, disclaim, disown
contradict, dispute, gainsay, negate, negative
rebut, refute, reject, repudiate
conceal, cover (up), hide, obscure, veil
to give as a share or portion
- We allowed each camper one book of matches.
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
chip in, contribute, donate
reallocate, reapportion, reassign, redistribute
to make able or possible
- A patient's canceled appointment allowed the doctor to squeeze in a few extra phone calls.
to make a statement of one's opinion
- He allowed that their new house looked very nice.
articulate, express, say, speak, state, talk, tell, utter, verbalize, vocalize
conjecture, daresay, guess, speculate, suppose, surmise