allow allow  /ə ˈlaʊ/


  1. (v) make it possible through a specific action or lack of action for something to happen
  2. (v) consent to, give permission
  3. (v) let have
  4. (v) give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause
  5. (v) make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain
  6. (v) allow or plan for a certain possibility; concede the truth or validity of something
  7. (v) afford possibility
  8. (v) allow the other (baseball) team to score
  9. (v) grant as a discount or in exchange
  10. (v) allow the presence of or allow (an activity) without opposing or prohibiting


Derived Word(s)


  1. Please allow my son to change his major from computer science to comparative literature.
  2. I once wrote a newspaper column when I was in Sacramento, and I said feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream.
  3. Again at India's request that we not to allow it to leave, we agreed.


  1. Democrat says budget would allow for even greater voucher school growth than expected

    MADISON, Wis. — Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chris Larson says a provision in the state budget would allow for even greater growth in the private voucher school program than expected.
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

  2. NBA won't allow swap involving Celtics, Clippers

    NBA won't allow swap involving Celtics, Clippers
    on June 21, 2013     Source: CBS Sports

  3. Bush Airport warns to allow an hour to get to terminals affected by gas leak

    Bush Airport warns to allow an hour to get to terminals affected by gas leak Houston Chronicle Copyright 2013 Houston Chronicle. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 5:08 pm, Wednesday, June 19, 2013 An unexplained leak at Bush Intercontinental Airport has Houston fire and police officials diverting traffic away from Terminal B ...
    on June 20, 2013     Source: Houston Chronicle


  1. President Obama said today that his "recess appointments will allow three extremely qualified candidates to get to work on behalf of the American people right away. With more than 180 nominees still pending before the Senate, it's my hope that my...
    on Jul 7, 2010 By: Barack Obama Source: ABC News (blog)

  2. "We feel already in the little over a month that these talks have been going on, the gaps have narrowed, and we believe there are opportunities to further narrow those gaps to allow the sides to take that next step to the direct talks," said Dan...
    on Jul 3, 2010 By: Daniel Source: Jerusalem Post

  3. Sessions said he would not support a nominee "who believes it is acceptable for a judge to allow their personal background, gender, prejudices to sway their decision in favor of, or against, parties before the court."
    on Jul 13, 2009 By: Jeff Sessions Source: Los Angeles Times

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