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Allow appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Sam, allow two cots to cow two llamas.
  • To lay aside poor dissipated acts in a non-AWOL lair, I allow an onanist cadet a piss: "I drooped!" I say a lot.
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The word allow is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the verb allow

What does allow mean as a doing word?

Allow is one of the top 100 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: allowed | allowing | allows

  1. make it possible through a specific action or lack of action for something to happen
  2. consent to, give permission
  3. let have
    • example: Mandela was allowed few visitors in prison
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonym of allow: grant
    • antonym of allow: deny
    • more generic word: give = transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody
    • more specific words:
      • vouchsafe = grant in a condescending manner
      • allowance = put on a fixed allowance, as of food
  4. give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause
  5. make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain
    • examples: The evidence allows only one conclusion | allow for mistakes
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of allow: allow for / leave / provide
    • more generic words: afford / give / yield = be the cause or source of
  6. allow or plan for a certain possibility; concede the truth or validity of something
  7. afford possibility
    • example: This short story allows of several different interpretations
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonym of allow: admit
  8. allow the other (baseball) team to score
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonym of allow: give up
  9. grant as a discount or in exchange
    • example: The camera store owner allowed me $50 on my old camera
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • more generic word: discount = give a reduction in price on
  10. allow the presence of or allow (an activity) without opposing or prohibiting

Alternative definition of the verb allow


  1. [transitive] To grant, give, admit, accord, afford, or yield; to let one have.
  2. [transitive] To acknowledge; to accept as true; to concede; to accede to an opinion.
  3. [transitive] To grant (something) as a deduction or an addition; especially to abate or deduct;
  4. [transitive] To grant license to; to permit; to consent to.
  5. To not bar or obstruct.
  6. [intransitive] To acknowledge or concede.
  7. [transitive] To take into account by making an allowance.
  8. [transitive] To render physically possible

Phrases with Allow

  1. allow in
  2. allow for
  3. to allow

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Allow

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Google previewKant's Theory of Mind (2000)

An Analysis of the Paralogisms of Pure Reason by Karl Ameriks

All Kant need allow is that there is some absolute reality underlying us, and that there is some absolute reality responsible for the synthesis that is our knowledge. These admissions do not amount to any specific knowledge of a noumenal soul ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Gender in Media (2012)

by Mary Kosut

Social News Sites Social news Websites allow users to select and recommend published news stories. Slashdot, started in 1997, was one of the first social news sites. Slashdot is focused primarily on science and technology news stories.

Google previewFlip Dictionary (2002)

by Barbara Kipfer

A LG A, ALGAE - ALLOW ONESELF TO SATISFY WHIM ANACONDA OR PYTHON - ANDEAN BEAST OF BURDEN ANGULAR DISTANCE. alga, algae: algology, diatom, desmid, kelp, lichen, plankton, rockweed, seaweed, seawrack, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Disability (2005)

by Gary L Albrecht

Therefore, computer software accessibility refers to the degree to which a computer program or computer system's properties allow it to be used by the widest variety of users with abilities and disabilities. This also entails accessibility of ...

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Usage statistics about allow

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb allow:

spoken English33.58%written English66.42% conversational speech36.89%task-oriented speech63.11% imaginative writing33.61%informational writing66.39%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb allow:


Comparison of usage frequency between the verb allow and its most common antonyms:

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Quotes about Allow

The only difference between the Democrats and the Republicans is that the Democrats allow the poor to be corrupt, too. (Oscar Levant)
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Scrabble value of A1L1L1O1W4

The value of this 5-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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