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allow (verb)
transitive verb
1.
a) to assign as a share or suitable amount (as of time or money) - allow an hour for lunch
b) to reckon as a deduction or an addition - allow a gallon for leakage
2.
a) chiefly Southern & Midland to be of the opinion - think
b) dialect - say state
c) to express an opinion - usually used with as how or that
3.
chiefly Southern & Midland - intend plan
4.
- admit concede must allow that money causes problems in marriage
5.
a) - permit doesn't allow people to smoke in his home
intransitive verb
b) to forbear or neglect to restrain or prevent - allow the dog to roam
1.
to make a possibility - admit used with of evidence that allows of only one conclusion
2.
to give consideration to circumstances or contingencies - used with for allow for expansion
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
allow (verb)
1.
to give permission for or to approve of
SYNONIMS:
green-light, have, permit, suffer
RELATED WORDS:
authorize, commission, license ( licence); accede (to), acquiesce, agree (to), assent (to), consent (to), OK ( okay), warrant; accord, concede, grant, sanction, vouchsafe; admit, brook, condone, countenance, endure, support, tolerate
stand for
NEAR ANTONYMS:
hinder, impede, obstruct; censure, disallow, disapprove, deny, interdict, refuse, reject, revoke, suppress, withhold; deplore, discountenance, disfavor, dislike, frown (at on), grudge; check, curb, keep, repress, restrain
ban, enjoin, forbid, prohibit, proscribe, veto
allow (verb)
2.
to give permission to
SYNONIMS:
leave, let, permit
RELATED WORDS:
authorize, commission, empower, license ( licence); approve, endorse ( indorse), sanction; free, liberate, release; cater (to), give in (to), humor, indulge
NEAR ANTONYMS:
deter, discourage; bar, block, constrain, curb, frustrate, hold back, impede, inhibit, obstruct, prevent
enjoin, forbid, prohibit
allow (verb)
3.
to fail to prevent (some behavior on someone's part) especially from neglect or indifference
SYNONIMS:
let, permit, suffer, tolerate
RELATED WORDS:
brush (aside off), condone, disregard, ignore, overlook, shrug off, wink (at); excuse, forgive, pardon; brook, cater (to), give in (to), humor, indulge
put up with
NEAR ANTONYMS:
forbid, prohibit; curb, deter, discourage, frustrate, hold back, impede, inhibit, interfere (with)
bar, block, constrain, prevent
allow (verb)
4.
to accept the truth or existence of (something) usually reluctantly
SYNONIMS:
acknowledge, agree, allow, concede, confess, fess (up), grant, own (up to)
RELATED WORDS:
disburden, unburden, unload; affirm, avow, confirm, profess; accept, recognize, yield; announce, break, broadcast, communicate, declare, disclose, divulge, impart, proclaim, publish, reveal, spill, tell, unveil; betray, blab, expose, give away, inform, leak, rat, squeal, talk, tattle, tip (off), warn, wise (up); breathe, say, whisper
NEAR ANTONYMS:
disallow, disavow, disclaim, disown; contradict, dispute, gainsay, negate, negative; rebut, refute, reject, repudiate; conceal, cover (up), hide, obscure, veil; kid (oneself)
deny
allow (verb)
5.
to give as a share or portion
SYNONIMS:
allocate, allow, apportion, assign, distribute, lot, ration
RELATED WORDS:
admeasure, administer, deal, dispense, divide, dole out, hand out, measure, mete (out), meter, parcel (out), part, portion, prorate, share (out), split; accord, award, give, grant; earmark, reserve; chip in, contribute, donate; reallocate, reapportion, reassign, redistribute
NEAR ANTONYMS:
begrudge, deny, deprive (of); keep, retain, stint, withhold; appropriate, arrogate, confiscate
allow (verb)
6.
to make able or possible
SYNONIMS:
allow, empower, let, permit
RELATED WORDS:
fit, habilitate, prepare, qualify, ready; approve, endorse ( indorse), sanction; condition, equip
NEAR ANTONYMS:
inhibit, preclude; disallow, enjoin, forbid, prohibit
prevent
allow (verb)
7.
to make a statement of one's opinion
SYNONIMS:
allow, comment, editorialize, note, observe, opine, reflect, weigh in
RELATED WORDS:
commentate; articulate, express, say, speak, state, talk, tell, utter, verbalize, vocalize; conjecture, daresay, guess, speculate, suppose, surmise
allow (verb)
chiefly Southern & Midland
to have as an opinion
SYNONIMS:
allow, conceive, consider, deem, esteem, feel, figure, guess, hold, imagine, judge, reckon, suppose, think
RELATED WORDS:
regard, view; accept, perceive; depend, rely, trust; assume, presume, presuppose, surmise; conclude, deduce, infer
NEAR ANTONYMS:
distrust, doubt, mistrust, question, suspect; disbelieve, discredit, reject
allow (verb)
chiefly Southern & Midland
to have in mind as a purpose or goal
SYNONIMS:
aim, allow, aspire, calculate, contemplate, design, go, look, mean, meditate, plan, propose, purport, purpose
RELATED WORDS:
dream, hope, wish; consider, debate, mull (over), ponder; attempt, endeavor, strive, struggle, try; plot, scheme; accomplish, achieve, effect, execute, perform
allow (verb)
to give consideration to (as unexpected circumstances or contingencies)
SYNONIMS:
consider, factor (in into), provide (for), regard
RELATED WORDS:
accommodate, adapt, adjust, condition; anticipate, contemplate, envisage, expect, foresee; assume, presume, presuppose; plan; calculate, face
figure on, reckon with, take account of, take into account
NEAR ANTONYMS:
factor (out)
discount, disregard
allow (verb)
to make possible especially to the exclusion of other possibilities
SYNONIMS:
admit (of), permit (of)
RELATED WORDS:
open up; favor, justify, support, sustain, validate; need, take, want, warrant
NEAR ANTONYMS:
close out, disallow, enjoin, exclude, forbid, negative, preclude, rule out
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