- 1give (someone) permission to do something
- 2let (something) happen or be done
Using allow: Examples
Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "allow" can be used in various situations through the following examples!
My parents allowed me to go to the party.
The rules don't allow smoking in the building.
The new policy allows for more flexibility in scheduling.
allow Synonyms and Antonyms
Phrases with allow
Allow me to introduce myself.
We need to allow for unexpected delays in our travel plans.
We need to allow time for the paint to dry before we can hang the picture.
Origins of allow
from Old French 'allouer', from Latin 'allaudare', meaning 'to praise'
Summary: allow in Brief
To 'allow' [əˈlaʊ] means to give permission or let something happen. It is often used in phrases like 'allow me,' which is a polite way of asking for permission, and 'allow for,' which means to take into consideration when making plans or calculations. 'Allow' has synonyms like 'permit' and 'authorize,' and antonyms like 'forbid' and 'disallow.'