Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “allow”

allow

verb [+ that] (ADMIT)    /əˈlaʊ/ formal
to admit or agree that something is true : She allowed that she might have been too suspicious .Accepting and agreeingAccepting and agreeing reluctantlyApproving and approval
(Definition of allow verb (ADMIT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of allow

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Accepting & agreeing, but you might be interested in these topics from the Expressing agreement & support topic area:

Definitions of “allow” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

amicable

relating to behaviour between people that is pleasant and friendly, often despite a difficult situation

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More