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  1. [verb] 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"
    Synonyms: let, permit

  2. [verb] 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"
    Synonyms: permit, let, countenance

  3. [verb] let have; "grant permission"; "Mandela was allowed few visitors in prison"
    Synonyms: grant

  4. [verb] give or assign a share of money or time to a particular person or cause; "I will earmark this money for your research"
    Synonyms: appropriate, earmark, set aside, reserve

  5. [verb] 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"
    Synonyms: leave, for, provide

  6. [verb] 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"
    Synonyms: take into account

  7. [verb] afford possibility; "This problem admits of no solution"; "This short story allows of several different interpretations"
    Synonyms: admit

  8. [verb] allow the other (baseball) team to score; "give up a run"
    Synonyms: give up

  9. [verb] grant as a discount or in exchange; "The camera store owner allowed me $50 on my old camera"

  10. [verb] 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"
    Synonyms: permit, tolerate


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