- (transitive) To grant, give, admit, accord, afford, or yield; to let one have
Etymology: From allouen, from alouer , from Medieval allaudÄre, "to praise", (ad-) + laudare, merged with alouer, from Medieval Latin allocÄre, "to assign".
- 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.
- (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.
- I allow, with Mrs. Grundy and most moralists, that Miss Newcome's conduct . . . was highly reprehensible. —Thackeray.
- (transitive) To grant (something) as a deduction or an addition; esp. to abate or deduct;
- To allow a sum for leakage.
- (transitive) To grant license to; to permit; to consent to; as, to allow a son to be absent.
- Smoking allowed only in designated areas.
- (intransitive) To let something happen, to admit; to concede;
- (transitive) To take into account by making an allowance.
- When calculating a budget for a construction project, always for contingency, contingencies.
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