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  • allow the presence of or allow (an activity) without opposing or prohibiting
    • We don't allow dogs here
    • Children are not permitted beyond this point
    • We cannot tolerate smoking in the hospital
  • grant as a discount or in exchange
    • The camera store owner allowed me $50 on my old camera
  • allow the other (baseball) team to score
    • give up a run
  • afford possibility
    • This problem admits of no solution
    • This short story allows of several different interpretations
  • allow or plan for a certain possibility; concede the truth or validity of something
    • I allow for this possibility
    • The seamstress planned for 5% shrinkage after the first wash
  • make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain
    • This leaves no room for improvement
    • The evidence allows only one conclusion
    • allow for mistakes
    • leave lots of time for the trip
    • This procedure provides for lots of leeway
  • give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause
    • I will earmark this money for your research
    • She sets aside time for meditation every day
  • let have
    • grant permission
    • Mandela was allowed few visitors in prison
  • consent to, give permission
    • She permitted her son to visit her estranged husband
    • I won't let the police search her basement
    • I cannot allow you to see your exam
  • make it possible through a specific action or lack of action for something to happen
    • This permits the water to rush in
    • This sealed door won't allow the water come into the basement
    • This will permit the rain to run off
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