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allows

verb
present tense third-person singular of allow

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2 to give permission to
  • a boarding school that does not allow students to go on weekend trips without written permission

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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

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6 to make able or possible
  • a patient's canceled appointment allowed the doctor to squeeze in a few extra phone calls

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7 to make a statement of one's opinion
  • he allowed that their new house looked very nice

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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

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9 chiefly Southern & Midland to have in mind as a purpose or goal
  • I allow to go hunting before the season is over

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“Allows.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/allows. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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