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English verb: allow

1. allow (social) make it possible through a specific action or lack of action for something to happen

SamplesThis permits the water to rush in.
This sealed door won't allow the water come into the basement.
This will permit the rain to run off.

Synonymslet, permit

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody INFINITIVE.
Something ----s INFINITIVE

Narrower (hyponym)pass

Antonymsprevent, keep

2. allow (communication) consent to, give permission

SamplesShe permitted her son to visit her estranged husband.
I won't let the police search her basement.
I cannot allow you to see your exam.

ExamplesThey allow him to write the letter

Synonymscountenance, let, permit

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)accept, consent, go for

Narrower (hyponym)abide, admit, admit, allow, allow in, authorise, authorize, bear, brook, clear, decriminalise, decriminalize, digest, endure, favor, favour, furlough, give, include, intromit, legalise, legalize, legitimate, legitimatise, legitimatize, legitimise, legitimize, let in, let in, pass, permit, privilege, put up, stand, stick out, stomach, suffer, support, tolerate, tolerate, trust

Verb groupallow, grant

Antonymsdisallow, forbid, nix, prohibit, proscribe, interdict, veto

3. allow (possession) let have

SamplesGrant permission.
Mandela was allowed few visitors in prison.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody something

Broader (hypernym)give

Narrower (hyponym)allowance, vouchsafe

Verb groupallow, countenance, let, permit

Antonymsdeny, refuse

4. allow (cognition) give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause

SamplesI will earmark this money for your research.
She sets aside time for meditation every day.

Synonymsappropriate, earmark, reserve, set aside

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody

Broader (hypernym)allot, assign, portion

5. allow (stative) make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain

SamplesThis leaves no room for improvement.
The evidence allows only one conclusion.
Allow for mistakes.
Leave lots of time for the trip.
This procedure provides for lots of leeway.

Synonymsallow for, leave, provide

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)afford, give, yield

Verb groupadmit, allow

6. allow (cognition) allow or plan for a certain possibility; concede the truth or validity of something

SamplesI allow for this possibility.
The seamstress planned for 5% shrinkage after the first wash.

Synonymstake into account

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)calculate, count on, estimate, figure, forecast, reckon

Narrower (hyponym)budget for

7. allow (stative) afford possibility

SamplesThis problem admits of no solution.
This short story allows of several different interpretations.


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP

Verb groupallow, allow for, leave, provide

8. allow (social) allow the other (baseball) team to score

SamplesGive up a run.

Synonymsgive up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

9. allow (possession) grant as a discount or in exchange

SamplesThe camera store owner allowed me $50 on my old camera.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody something

Broader (hypernym)discount

10. allow (communication) allow the presence of or allow (an activity) without opposing or prohibiting

SamplesWe don't allow dogs here.
Children are not permitted beyond this point.
We cannot tolerate smoking in the hospital.

Synonymspermit, tolerate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)allow, countenance, let, permit

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