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Webster 1913 Edition


Allow

Al-low′

,
Verb.
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.
Shakespeare
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
.

Al-low′

,
Verb.
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.

Webster 1828 Edition


Allow

ALLOW'

,
Verb.
T.
[L. loco, to lay, set, place. See Lay.]
1.
To grant, give or yield; as, to allow a servant his liberty; to allow a pension.
2.
To admit; as, to allow the truth of a proposition; to allow a claim.
3.
To admit; to own or acknowledge; as, to allow the right of the President to displace officers.
4.
To approve, justify or sanction.
Ye allow the deeds of your fathers. Luke 11. Rom. 8.
5.
To afford, or grant as a compensation; as, to allow a dollar a day for wages.
6.
To abate or deduct; as, to allow a sum for tare or leakage.
7.
To permit; to grant license to; as, to allow a son to be absent.

Definition 2022


allow

allow

English

Verb

allow (third-person singular simple present allows, present participle allowing, simple past and past participle allowed)

  1. (transitive) To grant, give, admit, accord, afford, or yield; to let one have.
    to allow a servant his liberty;  to allow a free passage;  to allow one day for rest
    • 2004, Constance Garnett (translator), Anton Chekhov (Russian author), “Ariadne”, in The Darling: and Other Stories:
      [] he needed a great deal of money, but his uncle only allowed him two thousand roubles a year, which was not enough, and for days together he would run about Moscow with his tongue out, as the saying is.
  2. (transitive) To acknowledge; to accept as true; to concede; to accede to an opinion.
    to allow a right;  to allow a claim;  to allow the truth of a proposition
  3. (transitive) To grant (something) as a deduction or an addition; especially to abate or deduct.
    To allow a sum for leakage.
  4. (transitive) To grant license to; to permit; to consent to.
    To allow a son to be absent.
    Smoking allowed only in designated areas.
    • 1992, Rudolf M. Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, page vii
      With fresh material, taxonomic conclusions are leavened by recognition that the material examined reflects the site it occupied; a herbarium packet gives one only a small fraction of the data desirable for sound conclusions. Herbarium material does not, indeed, allow one to extrapolate safely: what you see is what you get []
  5. To not bar or obstruct.
    Although I don't consent to their holding such meetings, I will allow them for the time being.
    • 2013 July 26, Leo Hickman, How algorithms rule the world”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 7, page 26:
      The use of algorithms in policing is one example of their increasing influence on our lives. And, as their ubiquity spreads, so too does the debate around whether we should allow ourselves to become so reliant on them – and who, if anyone, is policing their use.
  6. (intransitive) To acknowledge or concede.
    • 2000, George RR Martin, A Storm of Swords, Bantam (2011), page 154:
      Half the night passed before the wench allowed that it might be safe to stop.
  7. (transitive) To take into account by making an allowance.
    When calculating a budget for a construction project, always allow for contingencies.
  8. (transitive) To render physically possible.
    • 1824, Washington Irving, The Devil and Tom Walker:
      The inlet allowed a facility to bring the money in a boat secretly and at night to the very foot of the hill.
    • 2013 June 1, Ideas coming down the track”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8838, page 13 (Technology Quarterly):
      A “moving platform” scheme [] is more technologically ambitious than maglev trains even though it relies on conventional rails. Local trains would use side-by-side rails to roll alongside intercity trains and allow passengers to switch trains by stepping through docking bays.
  9. (transitive, obsolete) To praise; to approve of; hence, to sanction.
    • Bible, Luke xi. 48
      Ye allow the deeds of your fathers.
    • Fuller
      We commend his pains, condemn his pride, allow his life, approve his learning.
  10. (obsolete) To sanction; to invest; to entrust.
    • Shakespeare
      Thou shalt be [] allowed with absolute power.
  11. (transitive, obsolete) To like; to be suited or pleased with.
    • Massinger
      How allow you the model of these clothes?

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References

  • allow in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

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