Al*low" (#), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Allowed (#); p. pr. & vb. n. Allowing.] [OE. alouen, OF. alouer, aloer, aluer, F. allouer, fr. LL. allocare to admit as proved, to place, use; confused with OF. aloer, fr. L. allaudare to extol; ad + laudare to praise. See Local, and cf. Allocate, Laud.]


To praise; to approve of; hence, to sanction.

[Obs. or Archaic]

Ye allow the deeds of your fathers. Luke xi. 48.

We commend his pains, condemn his pride, allow his life, approve his learning. Fuller.


To like; to be suited or pleased with.


How allow you the model of these clothes? Massinger.


To sanction; to invest; to intrust.


Thou shalt be . . . allowed with absolute power. Shak.


To grant, give, admit, accord, afford, or yield; to let one have; as, to allow a servant his liberty; to allow a free passage; to allow one day for rest.

He was allowed about three hundred pounds a year. Macaulay.


To own or acknowledge; to accept as true; to concede; to accede to an opinion; as, to allow a right; to allow a claim; to allow the truth of a proposition.

I allow, with Mrs. Grundy and most moralists, that Miss Newcome's conduct . . . was highly reprehensible. Thackeray.


To grant (something) as a deduction or an addition; esp. to abate or deduct; as, to allow a sum for leakage.


To grant license to; to permit; to consent to; as, to allow a son to be absent.

Syn. -- To allot; assign; bestow; concede; admit; permit; suffer; tolerate. See Permit.


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Al*low", v. i.

To admit; to concede; to make allowance or abatement.

Allowing still for the different ways of making it. Addison.

To allow of, to permit; to admit.



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