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allow

Legal Definition of allow

Verb

  1. To decide in favor of
  2. To grant fulfillment of
  3. To permit to be presented

    Example: Allowed his petition for relief

Definition of allow

Etymology

    From Middle English allouen, from Old French alouer, from Medieval Latin allaudāre ("to praise"), (ad-) + laudare, merged with alouer, from Medieval Latin allocāre ("to assign").

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /əˈlaʊ/, SAMPA: /@"laU/
  • enPR: ə-lou'
  • Audio (US) [?]
  • Rhymes: -aʊ

Verb

to 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.
    He was allowed about three hundred pounds a year. - Thomas Babington Macaulay.

  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.
    I allow, with Mrs. Grundy and most moralists, that Miss Newcome's conduct . . . was highly reprehensible. - William Makepeace Thackeray.

  3. (transitive) To grant (something) as a deduction or an addition; esp. 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.

  5. (intransitive) To let something happen, to admit; to concede;
  6. (transitive) To take into account by making an allowance.

    When calculating a budget for a construction project, always allow for contingencies.

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References

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

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