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allow

verb [T]
 
 
/əˈlaʊ/
GIVE PERMISSION B1 to give someone permission for something: [often passive] Smoking is not allowed in the restaurant. Are dogs allowed in the hotel? [+ to do sth] You are not allowed to use calculators UK in the exam/ US on the exam. [+ two objects] Patients are not allowed visitors after nine o'clock.Allowing and permitting
NOT PREVENT to not prevent something from happening: [+ to do sth] They have allowed the problem to get worse.Allowing and permitting
MAKE POSSIBLE to make it possible for someone to do something: [+ to do sth] The extra money will allow me to upgrade my computer.Allowing and permitting
TIME/MONEY to plan to use a particular amount of money, time, etc for something: Allow three hours for the whole journey.Giving, providing and supplying
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