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To allow the doing of (something); consent to:
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  1. To allow the doing of (something); consent to:
  2. To afford opportunity; allow:
  3. To grant consent or leave to (someone); authorize:
To give or confer officially or formally:
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  1. To give or confer officially or formally:
  2. To give (what is requested, as permission, etc.); assent to; agree to fulfill
  3. To allow or consent to the fulfillment of (something requested):
To be favorable toward; think or declare to be good, satisfactory, etc.
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  1. To be favorable toward; think or declare to be good, satisfactory, etc.
  2. To show, feel, or express approval:
  3. To give one's consent to; sanction; confirm
(Archaic) To grant as a kindness, favor, or privilege
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  1. (Archaic) To grant as a kindness, favor, or privilege
  2. To give way to one's own desires; indulge oneself (in something)
  3. To yield to or satisfy (a desire); give oneself up to
To give official authorization or approval to:
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  1. To give official authorization or approval to:
  2. A penalty imposed for violating accepted social norms. A sanction may be civil or criminal in nature. Criminal sanctions are either fine, imprisonment, or both. A penalty imposed for violating accepted social norms. A sanction may be civil or criminal in nature. Criminal sanctions are either fine, imprisonment, or both. Authorization and/or approval by someone in a position of authority; for example, the act of imposing a penalty.
  3. To give sanction to
To undergo or experience (any process, esp. change)
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  1. To undergo or experience (any process, esp. change)
  2. To allow; permit; tolerate
  3. To experience, undergo, or feel (something painful, injurious, or unpleasant):
To bear, or put up with (someone or something not especially liked)
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  1. To bear, or put up with (someone or something not especially liked)
  2. To not interfere with; allow; permit
  3. To refrain from interfering with or prohibiting (something undesirable or outside one's own practice or beliefs); allow or permit:
To use gently; spare
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  1. To use gently; spare
  2. To believe to be most likely to succeed:
  3. To look like; resemble in facial features
To let another, esp. a motorist, have the right of way
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  1. To let another, esp. a motorist, have the right of way
  2. To give up, as in defeat; surrender or submit.
  3. To give way to physical force
To agree or consent quietly without protest, but without enthusiasm
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  1. To agree or consent quietly without protest, but without enthusiasm
  1. To advocate, to support
  2. To tolerate
  3. (Idiomatic, said of abbreviations) To mean; to symbolize; to represent
To call for; require
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  1. To call for; require
  2. To have a tolerance for; endure:
  3. To bring and tell (a message, tales, etc.)
To free or exempt.
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  1. To free or exempt.
  2. To grant a privilege to.
  3. To grant special favored status to
To grant or concede; bestow
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  1. To grant or concede; bestow
  2. (Archaic) To cause to conform or agree; bring into harmony.
  3. To give or grant, especially as being due or appropriate:
To write one's signature on the back of (an instrument) to transfer the rights available under that instrument to another party.
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  1. To write one's signature on the back of (an instrument) to transfer the rights available under that instrument to another party.
  2. To sign (one's name) as payee on the back of (a check, money order, etc.)
  3. To give approval to; support; sanction
To judicially determine that a person is mentally or otherwise not competent.
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  1. To judicially determine that a person is mentally or otherwise not competent.
  2. To judicially determine that a group of individuals or entities meets the requirements to proceed with a class action. See also certification and decertify.
  3. To declare (a thing) true, accurate, certain, etc. by formal statement, often in writing; verify; attest
To authorize or engage (someone to do something):
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  1. To authorize or engage (someone to do something):
  2. To give a commission to
  3. To give an order for (a thing to be made or done)
One of the four fluids of the body—blood, phlegm, black bile, and yellow bile—whose relative proportions were thought in ancient and medieval medicine to determine general health and character.
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  1. One of the four fluids of the body—blood, phlegm, black bile, and yellow bile—whose relative proportions were thought in ancient and medieval medicine to determine general health and character.
  2. To comply with the wishes or ideas of (another) in order to keep that person satisfied or unaware of criticism; indulge:
  3. US spelling of humour.
To please or satisfy:
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  1. To please or satisfy:
  2. To give in to (a desire); indulge:
  3. To give pleasure or satisfaction
(Law) To let go, as a legal claim; to discharge or relinquish a right to, as lands or tenements, by conveying to another who has some right or estate in possession, as when the person in remainder releases his right to the tenant in possession; to quit.
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  1. (Law) To let go, as a legal claim; to discharge or relinquish a right to, as lands or tenements, by conveying to another who has some right or estate in possession, as when the person in remainder releases his right to the tenant in possession; to quit.
  2. (Telephony) (of a call) To hang up.
  3. To let go (of); to cease to hold or contain.
To happen; take place:
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  1. To happen; take place:
  2. To cause or allow to go through an examination, test, etc. successfully
  3. To be allowed to happen without notice or challenge:
(Law) To admit or affirm as genuine; certify in legal form
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  1. (Law) To admit or affirm as genuine; certify in legal form
  2. To recognize the authority or claims of
  3. (Law) To accept or certify as legally binding:
Used as an auxiliary in the imperative to express a command, request, or proposal:
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  1. Used as an auxiliary in the imperative to express a command, request, or proposal:
  2. To release from or as if from confinement:
  3. To give permission or opportunity to; allow:
To believe; to put trust in.
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  1. To believe; to put trust in.
  2. To give credit to:
  3. To authorize; give credentials to
To do a service or favor:
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  1. To do a service or favor:
  2. To bind someone by performing a service for that person.
  3. To compel or require (someone) to do something, as by circumstance or legality:
To grant (someone) power or authority (to do something specific).
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  1. To grant (someone) power or authority (to do something specific).
  2. To give power or authority to; empower; commission
  3. To give (someone) permission; to sanction or consent.
To grant a license to or for; authorize.
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  1. To grant a license to or for; authorize.
  2. To give or yield permission to or for:
To give formal assurance, or guarantee, to (someone) or for (something)
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  1. To give formal assurance, or guarantee, to (someone) or for (something)
  2. To justify; to give grounds for.
  3. To guarantee as being true; (colloquially) to believe strongly.
To give ability to; enable; permit
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  1. To give ability to; enable; permit
  2. To give permission, power, or the legal right to do something.
  3. To give someone more confidence and/or strength to do something, often by enabling them to increase their control over their own life or situation.
To behave in a manner that facilitates or supports (another's abusive, addictive, or self-destructive behavior).
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  1. To behave in a manner that facilitates or supports (another's abusive, addictive, or self-destructive behavior).
  2. To supply with the means, knowledge, or opportunity (to do something); make able:
  3. (Should we delete(+) this redundant sense?) To allow a way out or excuse for an action.
To honor or dignify by a title
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  1. To honor or dignify by a title
  2. To give a name or title to.
  3. To give a right or legal title to; qualify (a person) to something
(Idiomatic) to tolerate, suffer through, or allow, especially something annoying
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  1. (Idiomatic) to tolerate, suffer through, or allow, especially something annoying
To put up with; tolerate:
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  1. To put up with; tolerate:
To give sanction or support to; tolerate or approve:
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  1. To give sanction or support to; tolerate or approve:
  2. To give support or sanction to; approve or tolerate
(Idiomatic) to comply with something, even if reluctantly; to accept or tolerate.
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  1. (Idiomatic) to comply with something, even if reluctantly; to accept or tolerate.
To approve of or agree to; authorize.
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  1. To approve of or agree to; authorize.
  2. To approve.
  3. Yes; very well
To set out or depart; go:
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  1. To set out or depart; go:
  2. To let stay or cause to be in a certain condition
  3. (Nonstandard) To allow or permit; let.
To endure a difficult or disagreeable situation with good humour.
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  1. To endure a difficult or disagreeable situation with good humour.
To become aware of (a subject, person) through second-hand knowledge, or not through personal experience.
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  1. To become aware of (a subject, person) through second-hand knowledge, or not through personal experience.
To acknowledge the existence, validity, authority, or genuineness of
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  1. To acknowledge the existence, validity, authority, or genuineness of
  2. To accept as a fact; admit; accept
  3. To show awareness of; approve of or appreciate:
To grant as a right, privilege, or favor
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  1. To grant as a right, privilege, or favor
  2. To acknowledge, often reluctantly, as being true, just, or proper; admit:
  3. (--- Sports) To allow (a goal or point, for example) to be scored by the opposing team or player.
To recognize the authority or claims of
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  1. To recognize the authority or claims of
  2. To admit the existence or truth of:
  3. (Law) To accept or certify as legally binding:
To verify; to make good; to substantiate; to establish; to sustain.
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  1. To verify; to make good; to substantiate; to establish; to sustain.
  2. To keep from falling in value, as by government purchases:
  3. To be accountable for, or involved with, but not responsible for.
To have as an available or desirable feature; afford:
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  1. To have as an available or desirable feature; afford:
  2. To set down as a stipulation or requirement:
  3. To make available (something needed or desired); furnish:
To void or annul a judicial decision, order, and so on, usually on a motion to set aside by the party that is affected detrimentally and based upon some irregularity in the original proceeding. To void or annul a judicial decision, order, and so on, usually on a motion to set aside by the party that is affected detrimentally and based upon some irregularity in the original proceeding.
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  1. To void or annul a judicial decision, order, and so on, usually on a motion to set aside by the party that is affected detrimentally and based upon some irregularity in the original proceeding. To void or annul a judicial decision, order, and so on, usually on a motion to set aside by the party that is affected detrimentally and based upon some irregularity in the original proceeding.
To give or assign as one's share
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  1. To give or assign as one's share
  2. To assign or designate as a task or for a purpose
  3. To distribute by lot or in arbitrary shares; apportion
To grant as a right, privilege, or favor
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  1. To grant as a right, privilege, or favor
  2. To acknowledge, often reluctantly, as being true, just, or proper; admit:
  3. (--- Sports) To allow (a goal or point, for example) to be scored by the opposing team or player.
To take away; deduct.
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  1. To take away; deduct.
  2. To take away or deduct (one number or quantity from another)
  3. To perform the arithmetic operation of subtraction.
To derive by deduction; deduce.
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  1. To derive by deduction; deduce.
  2. To take away or subtract (a quantity)
  3. To take away a desirable part:
To possess an understanding of; know
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  1. To possess an understanding of; know
  2. (--- Informal) To get the better of, especially by trickery or deception:
  3. To permit; tolerate
To allow to pass, come, or go
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  1. To allow to pass, come, or go
  2. Used as an auxiliary in the imperative to express a warning or threat:
  3. To rent or lease:
To afford opportunity; allow:
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  1. To afford opportunity; allow:
  2. To allow the doing of (something); consent to:
  3. To grant consent or leave to (someone); authorize:
To bear up under; endure
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  1. To bear up under; endure
  2. To experience, undergo, or feel (something painful, injurious, or unpleasant):
  3. To allow; permit; tolerate
To refrain from interfering with or prohibiting (something undesirable or outside one's own practice or beliefs); allow or permit:
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  1. To refrain from interfering with or prohibiting (something undesirable or outside one's own practice or beliefs); allow or permit:
  2. To not interfere with; allow; permit
  3. To bear, or put up with (someone or something not especially liked)
To sanction officially; authorize.
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  1. To sanction officially; authorize.
  2. (Now Rare) To approve or sanction
To be favorable toward; think or declare to be good, satisfactory, etc.
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  1. To be favorable toward; think or declare to be good, satisfactory, etc.
  2. To give one's consent to; sanction; confirm
  3. To show, feel, or express approval:
To grant (someone) power or authority (to do something specific).
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  1. To grant (someone) power or authority (to do something specific).
  2. To permit (something), to sanction or consent to (something).
  3. To give (someone) permission; to sanction or consent.
(Obs.) To agree
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  1. (Obs.) To agree
  2. To give permission, approval, or assent (to something proposed or requested) in opinion
  3. To give assent, as to the proposal of another; agree:
To give approval to; support; sanction
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  1. To give approval to; support; sanction
  2. To sign (one's name) as payee on the back of (a check, money order, etc.)
  3. To write on the back of (a document)
Used as an auxiliary in the imperative to express a command, request, or proposal:
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  1. Used as an auxiliary in the imperative to express a command, request, or proposal:
  2. To give permission or opportunity to; allow:
  3. To release from or as if from confinement:
To allow; consent to; tolerate
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  1. To allow; consent to; tolerate
  2. To allow the doing of (something); consent to:
  3. To grant consent or leave to (someone); authorize:
A penalty imposed for violating accepted social norms. A sanction may be civil or criminal in nature. Criminal sanctions are either fine, imprisonment, or both. A penalty imposed for violating accepted social norms. A sanction may be civil or criminal in nature. Criminal sanctions are either fine, imprisonment, or both. Authorization and/or approval by someone in a position of authority; for example, the act of imposing a penalty.
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  1. A penalty imposed for violating accepted social norms. A sanction may be civil or criminal in nature. Criminal sanctions are either fine, imprisonment, or both. A penalty imposed for violating accepted social norms. A sanction may be civil or criminal in nature. Criminal sanctions are either fine, imprisonment, or both. Authorization and/or approval by someone in a position of authority; for example, the act of imposing a penalty.
  2. To authorize or permit; countenance
  3. To give sanction to
Is that acceptable, agreeable, etc. to you?
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  1. Is that acceptable, agreeable, etc. to you?
  2. Yes; very well
  3. To approve.
To allow; leave room for
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  1. To allow; leave room for
  2. To grant to be real, valid, or true; acknowledge or concede:
  3. To permit to enter or use; let in
To cause to; make:
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  1. To cause to; make:
  2. Used as an auxiliary in the imperative to express a warning or threat:
  3. To rent or lease:
To afford opportunity; allow:
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  1. To afford opportunity; allow:
  2. To allow the doing of (something); consent to:
  3. To grant consent or leave to (someone); authorize:
  1. To apportion.
  2. To divide and distribute proportionally; apportion.
  3. To measure out shares of; apportion
To set apart for a specific purpose
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  1. To set apart for a specific purpose
  2. To fix the location of; locate
  3. To set apart for a special purpose; designate:
To assign or designate as a task or for a purpose
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  1. To assign or designate as a task or for a purpose
  2. To give or assign as one's share
  3. To distribute by lot or in arbitrary shares; apportion
To divide and distribute in shares according to a plan
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  1. To divide and distribute in shares according to a plan
To transfer one’s duty, interest, or right to another, especially regarding property or under a contract, so that the transferee has the same duty, interest, or right as the transferor had. See also assignment and delegate.
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  1. To transfer one’s duty, interest, or right to another, especially regarding property or under a contract, so that the transferee has the same duty, interest, or right as the transferor had. See also assignment and delegate.
  2. To give out as a task; allot:
  3. To allot or give something as a task.
To accord or tender to another:
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  1. To accord or tender to another:
  2. To place in the hands of; pass:
  3. To perform for an audience:
To divide (land) into lots.
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  1. To divide (land) into lots.
  2. In the Bible, Abraham's nephew, whose wife was turned into a pillar of salt when she looked back as they fled Sodom.
  3. To divide into lots
To allot; distribute; apportion
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  1. To allot; distribute; apportion
  2. (Archaic) To measure.
  3. To distribute or allot. Often used with out :
To accept into evidence as relevant and otherwise admissible:
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  1. To accept into evidence as relevant and otherwise admissible:
  2. To acknowledge or confess
  3. To concede or grant
To acknowledge or declare openly and unashamedly:
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  1. To acknowledge or declare openly and unashamedly:
  2. To acknowledge or claim (oneself) to be
  3. To declare openly or admit frankly
To acknowledge defeat in:
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  1. To acknowledge defeat in:
  2. To acknowledge, often reluctantly, as being true, just, or proper; admit:
  3. To acknowledge or admit (defeat).
(Eccles.) To tell (one's sins) to God, esp. in public worship service or in private
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  1. (Eccles.) To tell (one's sins) to God, esp. in public worship service or in private
  2. To hear the confession of (a person)
  3. To admit a fault or crime; acknowledge one's guilt
To give (what is requested, as permission, etc.); assent to; agree to fulfill
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  1. To give (what is requested, as permission, etc.); assent to; agree to fulfill
  2. To allow or consent to the fulfillment of (something requested):
  3. To give or confer officially or formally:
To possess; hold as personal property; have
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  1. To possess; hold as personal property; have
  2. To admit as being in accordance with fact, truth, or a claim; acknowledge:
  3. To admit; recognize; acknowledge
(Informal) To admit or acknowledge something; confess
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  1. (Informal) To admit or acknowledge something; confess
  2. Alternative form of fess up.

Synonym Study

  • Suffer , now somewhat rare in this sense, is closely synonymous with allow and may connote passive consent or reluctant tolerance
  • Let may imply positive consent but more often stresses the offering of no opposition or resistance, sometimes connoting negligence, lack of power, etc. don't let this happen again
  • Allow and permit imply power or authority to give or deny consent, allow connoting a refraining from the enforcement of usual requirements honor students were allowed to miss the examinations, and permit more positively suggesting formal consent or authorization she was permitted to talk to the prisoner
Find another word for allow. In this page you can discover 124 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for allow, like: permit, grant, approve, indulge, sanction, consent to, grant permission, give permission, suffer, tolerate and favor.