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Meaning of “allow” in the English Dictionary

"allow" in British English

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allowverb

uk   us   /əˈlaʊ/
  • allow verb (GIVE PERMISSION)

B1 [T] to give ​permission for someone to do something, or to not ​prevent something from ​happening: [+ to infinitive] Do you ​think Dad will allow you to go to Jamie's ​party? You're not allowed totalk during the ​exam. Her ​proposals would allow (= make it ​possible for) more ​people tostay in ​full-timeeducation. The ​loophole has allowed hundreds of drink-drivers toavoidprosecution. The ​government has refused to allow ​foreignjournalists into the ​area for several ​weeks. Prisoners have been ​moved to allow the ​demolition of ​part of the ​prison. Pets aren't allowed in this ​hotel. [+ -ing verb] Smoking is not allowed in this ​restaurant. [+ two objects] He didn't allow us enough ​time to ​finish the ​test. Red Cross ​officials were allowed access to the ​prison for the first ​time a few ​days ago.UK The ​refereedecided to allow (= ​officiallyaccept) the ​goal. At the ​weekend I allow myself (= I give myself the ​specialpleasure of having) a ​box of ​chocolates. How much ​time do you allow yourself (= make ​available to yourself) to get ​ready in the ​morning?allow me old-fashioned a ​politeexpression used when ​offering to ​help in some way: You can't ​carry all those ​bags yourself - ​please, allow me.

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  • allow verb (ADMIT)

[+ that] formal to ​admit or ​agree that something is ​true: She allowed that she might have been too ​suspicious.
(Definition of allow from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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allowverb [T]

 us   /əˈlɑʊ/
  • allow verb [T] (PERMIT)

to ​let someone do something or ​let something ​happen; ​permit: You’re not allowed to ​talk during the ​exam. Are you allowed in the ​building on ​weekends? Video ​links allow ​ruralschoolchildren to be ​taught by ​teachers hundreds of ​miles away.
  • allow verb [T] (MAKE AVAILABLE)

to make it ​possible for something to be done or to ​happen: He didn’t allow enough ​time to ​finish the ​test. Be ​sure to allow ​room in ​yourbags for the ​souvenirs you’ll ​want to ​bringhome.
allowable
adjective  us   /əˈlɑʊ·ə·bəl/
Our well ​water has ​nitrates above the allowable ​level.
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(Definition of allow from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"allow" in Business English

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allowverb [T]

uk   us   /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 ​telephoneproviders. The ​extracompensation was allowed, ​overridingregulations that otherwise would not allow the ​payouts. Typing in this ​code will allow ​access to the ​datastored on the hard ​drive.
to give enough ​time for something to ​happen: Allow at least 14 days to receive your ​policy and ​coverconfirmation.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 ​taxowed is ​calculated: The Australian Taxation ​Office allows ​taxdeductions for ​voluntarydonations to ​charity.
COMMERCE to take a ​certainamount 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 ​personalinjuryclaim, 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.
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(Definition of allow from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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