- 1Let (someone) have or do something: [with object and infinitive]: the dissident was allowed to leave the country [with two objects]: she was allowed a higher profileMore example sentences
permit, let, authorize, give someone permission to, give authorization to, give leave to, sanction, grant, grant someone the right, license, empower, enable, entitle, qualify; consent to, assent to, give one's consent/assent to, give one's blessing to, give someone/something the nod, acquiesce in, agree to, accede to, approve of, tolerate, countenance, suffer, brook, admit of; legalize, legitimatize, legitimate• informal give the go-ahead to, give the thumbs up to, OK, give the OK to, give the green light to, say the word
- Adam reckons I'm not allowed to eat in bed when I move in with him, but we'll see about that.
- Because we are prepared to allow people to make their own decisions we cannot be sure just quite where those decisions will take them.
- Faced with these figures, it beggars belief that the Government is prepared to allow people to drink around the clock.
- 1.1 [with object and adverbial of direction] Let (someone) enter a place or go in a particular direction: the river was patrolled and few people were allowed acrossMore example sentences
- Legal powers agreed in 1990 allow officers to enter properties and turn off alarms if the owner fails to do so.
- David has some interesting things to say about the game, and the morally dubious world it allows you to enter.
- Thank you for allowing us to enter the throne room of God with our imperfections and doubts.
- 1.2Declare or decide that (an event or activity) is legal or acceptable: political advertising on television is not allowedMore example sentences
- The Government has decided not to allow cultural events in the evenings in Lalbagh.
- Swindon Council's planning committee will decide whether to allow the project to go ahead.
- Earlier this month the Federal Justice Minister decided to allow the extradition process to begin.
- 2Give the necessary time or opportunity for: they agreed to a ceasefire to allow talks with the government [with object and infinitive]: he stopped to allow his eyes to adjustMore example sentences
- Churchgate will be closed to traffic to allow the event to take place.
- What makes ice so slippery, allowing these fun activities?
- His trembling hand got the glass close enough to his mouth to allow him a sip.
- 2.1 [no object] (allow for) Make provision or provide scope for: the house was demolished to allow for road wideningMore example sentences
- He said that it might be possible to amend the Coroner's Act to allow for such a provision to be made.
- In some cases the provision which allows for or requires the thing to be done also prescribes that it must be done personally and not by an agent.
- Typically, there will be a provision in the rules allowing for their variation from time to time.
- 2.2 [no object] (allow for) Take (something) into consideration when making plans or calculations: income rose by 11 per cent allowing for inflationMore example sentences
- Plan your trip allowing for short breaks and start out fresh by getting enough sleep in the week leading up to your trip.
- A business plan that does not allow for adjustment can end up very far off the mark.
- A wrong calculation allowing for too little time will result in an unfinished work.
- 2.3Provide or set aside for a particular purpose: allow an hour or so for drivingMore example sentences
- Further questioning revealed that the purpose was to allow flood water to escape more quickly.
- The scarf's purpose is to allow the bobbin case hook to get close to the needle eye and catch the thread to form a stitch.
- The cup of cream for six eggs is there for one purpose only: to allow the recipe to succeed.
- 3 [reporting verb] Admit the truth of; concede: [with clause]: he allowed that the penalty appeared too harsh for the crime [with direct speech]: ‘Could happen,’ she allowed indifferentlyMore example sentences
- The Federal Court has allowed that treatments are patentable.
- I hesitated, but allowed that we'd do sort of a trial run for a few months.
- He should have allowed that the British Empire was made out of empty spaces or, in India, collapsing states.
- 3.1 [with clause] North American • informal or • dialect Be of the opinion; assert: Lincoln allowed that he himself could never support the manMore example sentences
- He allowed that Social Security was ‘the single most successful government program in American history.’
- He allowed that he was going to stay and eat supper with the big old bear.
- Said when making a polite request or offering help: please allow me to introduce myself ‘Here, allow me,’ came a woman’s voice from behind himMore example sentences
- Hurriedly, she added, "Please allow me to thank you for your service."
- Allow me to be among the first to congratulate you on your acceptance.
- Kindly allow me the courtesy of your columns to convey the following to my Indian brethren.
- [sentence adverb]: English is allowedly one of the most complete of the European languagesMore example sentences
- No one who has given up his name to Christ, is allowedly a self-seeker; that is against true Christianity.
- However, all stayed splendid and telling music, allowedly they studied to be composers.
- Where then is the danger of trusting these cases, which form allowedly a very large proportion, to the hands of an intelligent and well educated woman?
Middle English (originally in the senses 'commend, sanction' and 'assign as a right'): from Old French alouer, from Latin allaudare 'to praise', reinforced by medieval Latin allocare 'to place' (see allocate).