HyperDic: allow

English > 10 senses of the word allow:
VERBsocialallow, let, permitmake it possible through a specific action or lack of action for something to happen / happen
communicationallow, permit, let, countenanceconsent to, give permission
possessionallow, grantlet have
cognitionallow, appropriate, earmark, set aside, reservegive or assign a resource to a particular person or cause
stativeallow, leave, allow for, providemake a possibility or provide opportunity for
cognitionallow, take into accountallow or plan for a certain possibility
stativeallow, admitafford possibility
socialallow, give upallow the other (baseball) team to score
possessionallowgrant as a discount or in exchange
communicationallow, permit, tolerateallow the presence of or allow (an activity) without opposing or prohibiting
allow > pronunciation
Soundsahlaw'
Rhymesdisallow ... snowplow: 8 rhymes with law...
English > allow: 10 senses > verb 1, social
Meaningmake it possible through a specific action or lack of action for something to happen / happen.
PatternSomebody ----s somebody INFINITIVE; Something ----s INFINITIVE
Example "This sealed door won't allow the water come into the basement"
Synonymslet, permit
NarrowerpassAllow to go without comment or censure
Oppositeprevent, keepStop (someone or something) from doing something or being in a certain state
Spanishdejar, permitir
Catalandeixar, permetre
English > allow: 10 senses > verb 2, communication
Meaningconsent to, give permission.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE
ModelThey allow him to write the letter
Example "I cannot allow you to see your exam"
Synonymspermit, let, countenance
Narroweradmit, let in, includeAllow participation in or the right to be part of
admit, allow in, let in, intromitAllow to enter
allow, permit, tolerateAllow the presence of or allow (an activity) without opposing or prohibiting
authorize, authorise, pass, cleargrant authorization or clearance for
digest, endure, stick out, stomach, bear, stand, tolerate, support, brook, abide, suffer, put upput up with something or somebody unpleasant
furloughgrant a leave to
giveAllow to have or take
legalize, legalise, decriminalize, decriminalise, legitimize, legitimise, legitimate, legitimatize, legitimatisemake legal
privilege, favor, favourbestow a privilege upon
trustAllow without fear
Broaderaccept, consent, go forGive an affirmative reply to
Oppositeforbid, prohibit, interdict, proscribe, veto, disallow, nixcommand against
Similar toallow, grantLet have
Spanishaprobar, consentir, dar permiso, dejar, permitir, sancionar
Catalanconsentir, deixar, permetre
Adjectivesallowabledeserving to be allowed or considered
English > allow: 10 senses > verb 3, possession
MeaningLet have.
PatternSomebody ----s somebody something
Example "Mandela was allowed few visitors in prison"
Synonymgrant
Narrowerallowanceput on a fixed allowance, as of food
vouchsafegrant in a condescending manner
Broadergivetransfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody
Oppositedeny, refuseRefuse to let have
Similar topermit, allow, let, countenanceconsent to, give permission
Spanishadjudicar, asentir, conceder, conferir, permitir
Catalanadjudicar, assentir, concedir, conferir, deixar, permetre
English > allow: 10 senses > verb 4, cognition
MeaningGive or assign a resource to a particular person or cause.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s something to somebody
Synonymsappropriate, earmark, set aside, reserve
Broaderassign, allot, portionGive out
Spanishapartar, destinar, reservar
Catalanassignar, destinar, reservar
Nounsallowancean amount allowed or granted / granted (as during a given period)
English > allow: 10 senses > verb 5, stative
Meaningmake a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Examples
  • "The evidence allows only one conclusion"
  • "allow for mistakes"
Synonymsleave, allow for, provide
Broaderyield, give, affordBe the cause or source of
Similar toadmit, allowafford possibility
Spanishdejar, permitir
Catalandeixar, permetre
English > allow: 10 senses > verb 6, cognition
MeaningAllow or plan for a certain possibility; concede the truth or validity of something.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE
Example"I allow for this possibility"
Synonymtake into account
Narrowerbudget forcalculate enough money for
Broadercalculate, estimate, reckon, count on, figure, forecastjudge to be probable
Spanishincluir, prever, tomar en cuenta
Catalanincloure, preveure, tenir en compte, tenir en consideració
Adjectivesallowabledeserving to be allowed or considered
English > allow: 10 senses > verb 7, stative
Meaningafford possibility.
PatternSomething is ----ing PP
Example "This short story allows of several different interpretations"
Synonymadmit
Similar toleave, allow for, allow, providemake a possibility or provide opportunity for
Spanishadmitir, permitir
Catalanadmetre, permetre
Adjectivesallowabledeserving to be allowed or considered
English > allow: 10 senses > verb 8, social
MeaningAllow the other (baseball) team to score.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Synonymgive up
English > allow: 10 senses > verb 9, possession
Meaninggrant as a discount or in exchange.
PatternSomebody ----s somebody something
Example"The camera store owner allowed me $50 on my old camera"
BroaderdiscountGive a reduction in price on
Spanishdescontar
English > allow: 10 senses > verb 10, communication
MeaningAllow the presence of or allow (an activity) without opposing or prohibiting.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s somebody
Example"We don't allow dogs here"
Synonymspermit, tolerate
Broaderpermit, allow, let, countenanceconsent to, give permission
Spanishaguantar, consentir, permitir, soportar, tolerar
Catalanaguantar, consentir, suportar, tolerar
Nounsallowancethe act of allowing
allowancea permissible / permissible difference

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