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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Allow  \Al*low"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Allowed};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Allowing}.]  [OE.  alouen  OF  alouer  aloer,  aluer,  F. 
  allouer,  fr  LL  allocare  to  admit  as  proved,  to  place  use 
  confused  with  OF  aloer,  fr  L.  allaudare  to  extol;  ad  + 
  laudare  to  praise.  See  {Local},  and  cf  {Allocate},  {Laud}.] 
  1.  To  praise;  to  approve  of  hence  to  sanction.  [Obs.  or 
  Archaic] 
 
  Ye  allow  the  deeds  of  your  fathers.  --Luke  xi  48. 
 
  We  commend  his  pains,  condemn  his  pride,  allow  his 
  life,  approve  his  learning.  --Fuller. 
 
  2.  To  like  to  be  suited  or  pleased  with  [Obs.] 
 
  How  allow  you  the  model  of  these  clothes? 
  --Massinger. 
 
  3.  To  sanction;  to  invest;  to  intrust.  [Obs.] 
 
  Thou  shalt  be  .  .  .  allowed  with  absolute  power. 
  --Shak. 
 
  4.  To  grant,  give  admit  accord,  afford,  or  yield;  to  let 
  one  have  as  to  allow  a  servant  his  liberty;  to  allow  a 
  free  passage;  to  allow  one  day  for  rest. 
 
  He  was  allowed  about  three  hundred  pounds  a  year. 
  --Macaulay. 
 
  5.  To  own  or  acknowledge;  to  accept  as  true;  to  concede;  to 
  accede  to  an  opinion;  as  to  allow  a  right  to  allow  a 
  claim;  to  allow  the  truth  of  a  proposition. 
 
  I  allow  with  Mrs.  Grundy  and  most  moralists,  that 
  Miss  Newcome's  conduct  .  .  .  was  highly 
  reprehensible.  --Thackeray. 
 
  6.  To  grant  something  as  a  deduction  or  an  addition;  esp. 
  to  abate  or  deduct;  as  to  allow  a  sum  for  leakage. 
 
  7.  To  grant  license  to  to  permit;  to  consent  to  as  to 
  allow  a  son  to  be  absent. 
 
  Syn:  To  allot;  assign;  bestow;  concede;  admit  permit; 
  suffer;  tolerate.  See  {Permit}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Allow  \Al*low"\,  v.  i. 
  To  admit  to  concede;  to  make  allowance  or  abatement. 
 
  Allowing  still  for  the  different  ways  of  making  it 
  --Addison. 
 
  {To  allow  of},  to  permit;  to  admit  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  allow 
  v  1:  make  it  possible  through  lack  of  action  for  something  to 
  happen;  "This  permits  the  water  to  rush  in";  "This 
  sealed  door  won't  allow  the  water  come  into  the 
  basement"  [syn:  {let},  {permit}]  [ant:  {prevent}] 
  2:  give  permission;  "She  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"  [syn:  {permit}, 
  {let},  {countenance}]  [ant:  {forbid},  {forbid}] 
  3:  let  have  "grant  permission";  "Mandela  was  allowed  few 
  visitors  in  prison"  [syn:  {grant}]  [ant:  {deny}] 
  4:  give  or  assign  a  share  of  money  or  time  to  a  particular 
  person  or  cause  "I  will  earmark  this  money  for  your 
  research"  [syn:  {appropriate},  {earmark},  {set  aside},  {reserve}] 
  5:  make  a  possibility  or  provide  opportunity  for  "This  leaves 
  no  room  for  improvement";  "The  evidence  allows  only  one 
  conclusion"  [syn:  {leave},  {allow  for},  {provide  for}] 
  6:  allow  or  plan  for  a  certain  possibility;  concede  the  truth 
  or  validity  of  something  "I  allow  for  this  possibility"; 
  "The  seamstress  planned  for  5%  shrinkage  after  the  first 
  wash"  [syn:  {take  into  account}] 
  7:  afford  possibility:  "This  problem  admits  of  no  solution"; 
  "This  short  story  allows  of  several  different 
  interpretations"  [syn:  {admit}] 
  8:  allow  the  other  team  to  score:  "give  up  a  run",  in  baseball 
  [syn:  {give  up}] 
  9:  grant  as  a  discount  or  in  exchange;  "The  camera  store  owner 
  allowed  me  $50  on  my  old  camera" 
  10:  allow  the  presence  of  "We  don't  allow  dogs  here";  "Children 
  are  not  permitted  beyond  this  point"  [syn:  {permit}] 




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