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Allow Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    allow v
  1. 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" [syn: let, permit] [ant: prevent]
  2. 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" [syn: permit, let, countenance] [ant: forbid, forbid]
  3. let have; "grant permission"; "Mandela was allowed few visitors in prison" [syn: grant] [ant: deny]
  4. give or assign a share of money or time to a particular person or cause; "I will earmark this money for your research" [syn: appropriate, earmark, set aside, reserve]
  5. 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" [syn: leave, allow for, provide]
  6. 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" [syn: take into account]
  7. afford possibility; "This problem admits of no solution"; "This short story allows of several different interpretations" [syn: admit]
  8. allow the other (baseball) team to score; "give up a run" [syn: give up]
  9. grant as a discount or in exchange; "The camera store owner allowed me $50 on my old camera"
  10. 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" [syn: permit,
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  • All That Heaven Allows: All That Heaven Allows (1955) is a romance feature film starring Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson in a tale about a well-to-do widow and a ...
  • Momma Don't Allow: Momma Don't Allow is a short British documentary film about a north London jazz club made in 1955. It was co-directed by Karel Reisz and ...
  • Allow Us to Be Frank: Allow Us To Be Frank, a ratpack tribute album , was the sixth album by Irish boyband Westlife . The album was released on November 8, 2004 ...
  • Allow Me to Demonstrate: Allow Me To Demonstrate is the first full-length CD release from Ipswich ska band, The Ballistics , released in 2005 on Dental Records . ...
  • Honey, Just Allow Me One More Chance: "Honey, Just Allow Me One More Chance" is a song recorded by Henry Thomas in 1928. The song was covered by Bob Dylan on his 1963 album ...

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* One, a robot may not injure a human being, or through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm Two, a robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law Three, a robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws. - Isaac Asimov

* When you know a thing, to hold that you know it and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it - this is knowledge. - Confucius

* Die I should say not, dear fellow. No Barrymore would allow such a conventional thing to happen to him. - John Barrymore


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  • Three-parent babies: good or bad?
    Parliament is to debate whether to allow a new DNA technique offering women with genetic disorders the chance to have healthy babies. Laura Donnelly reports Read more on this news related to 'Allow'
  • Rugby - Australia to allow Wallabies overseas stints
    Australia is to allow centrally contracted players to move overseas temporarily from 2016 and still retain their test eligibility for at least part of the Read more on this news related to 'Allow'
  • Marc Scribner: Allow states to use tolls to fund highways
    The writer is addressing the question, “Should Congress allow states to use tolls rather than gas taxes to pay for... Read more on this news related to 'Allow'

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