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allow

verb

1 allow

Make it possible through a specific action or lack of action for something to happen:
— This sealed door won't allow the water come into the basement.

synonyms: let, permit.



2 allow

Consent to, give permission:
— I cannot allow you to see your exam.

synonyms: countenance, let, permit.

Roget 813: discount, bate; abate, rebate; reduce, price down, mark down take off, allow, give, make allowance; tax.   

Roget 760: permit; give permission etc. n., give power; let, allow, admit; suffer, bear with, tolerate, recognize; concede etc. ... show more

Roget 488: assent; give assent, yield assent, nod assent; acquiesce; agree etc. 23; receive, accept, accede, accord, concur, lend oneself to, ... show more

Dutch: toelaten

3 allow

Let have:
— Mandela was allowed few visitors in prison.

synonym: grant.

Roget 784: deliver, hand, pass, put into the hands of; hand over, make over, deliver over, pass over, turn over; assign dower.    present, give away, dispense, dispose of; ... show more

Roget 529: disclose, discover, dismask; draw the veil, draw aside the veil, lift the veil, raise the veil, lift up the veil, remove the veil, tear aside the veil, tear the curtain; unmask, unveil, unfold, ... show more

Roget 762: consent; assent etc. 488; yield assent, admit, allow, concede, grant, yield; come round, come over; give into, acknowledge, ... show more

Dutch: laten doen

4 allow

Give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause.

synonyms: appropriate, earmark, reserve, set aside.

5 allow

Make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain:
— The evidence allows only one conclusion.
— Allow for mistakes.

synonyms: allow for, leave, provide.

Dutch: laten

6 allow

Allow or plan for a certain possibility; concede the truth or validity of something:
— I allow for this possibility.

synonym: take into account.

Dutch: rekening houden, verdisconteren, verwerken

7 allow

Afford possibility:
— This short story allows of several different interpretations.

synonym: admit.

8 allow

Allow the other (baseball) team to score.

synonym: give up.

9 allow

Grant as a discount or in exchange.

10 allow

Allow the presence of or allow (an activity) without opposing or prohibiting:
— We don't allow dogs here.

synonyms: permit, tolerate.

Dutch: verdragen


Moby thesaurus: OK, abate, accede, accept, accord, account, acknowledge, acquiesce, add, adjudge, adjudicate, administer, admit, admit everything, admit exceptions, afford, agree provisionally, agree to, allocate, allot ... show more.

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