allow


allow
verb (T)
1 to let someone do or have something, or let something happen: allow sb to do sth: The committee allowed the oil company to build a refinery on the island. | allow sb sth: We allow passengers one item of hand luggage each. | allow sb in/out/up etc: I don't allow the cat in the bedroom. | be allowed (=if something is allowed, it is permitted): "Can I smoke?" "I'm sorry, it's not allowed" | Abortions were allowed only for reasons of health. | allow swimming/smoking/talking etc: We do not allow eating in the classrooms. | be allowed (to do sth) (=you are permitted to do something): I wasn't allowed to stay out after 11 o'clock.
2 to be sure that you have enough time, money, food etc available for a particular purpose: We allowed ourselves plenty of time to get to the airport.
3 to make it possible for something to happen or for someone to do something, especially something helpful or useful: allow sb to do sth: A 24-hour ceasefire allowed the two armies to bury their dead. | allow sb sth: The new seatbelt allows the driver greater freedom of movement.
4 to accept or agree that something is correct or permitted by the rules or the law: The judge allowed the evidence.
5 allow that formal to admit that something is true: I allow that there may have been a mistake.
6 allow me! spoken used as a polite way of offering to help someone do something: "Allow me," the waiter said, helping her with her coat.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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