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English definition of “allow”

allow

verb [T]     /əˈlaʊ/
to make it possible for someone to do something, or to not prevent something from happening: allow sb/sth to do sth The website allows consumers to compare the prices of all energy and telephone providers. The extra compensation was allowed, overriding regulations that otherwise would not allow the payouts. Typing in this code will allow access to the data stored on the hard drive.
to give enough time for something to happen: Allow at least 14 days to receive your policy and cover confirmation.allow sth for sth You will need to allow up to six weeks for delivery.
ACCOUNTING to take a cost or an amount off your income or profit before the tax owed is calculated: The Australian Taxation Office allows tax deductions for voluntary donations to charity.
COMMERCE to take a certain amount of money from the price of something : allow sb sth for sth A dealer will be able to tell you how much you would be allowed in part-exchange for your existing vehicle.
to accept or agree that something is true or correct: An individual has three years to file a personal injury claim, although the court has the power to allow claims later.allow that When I pressed her, she allowed that a mistake might have been made.
(Definition of allow verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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