Allow 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}.] 1. To praise; to approve of; hence, to sanction. [Obs. or Archaic] [1913 Webster]

Ye allow the deeds of your fathers. --Luke xi. 48. [1913 Webster]

We commend his pains, condemn his pride, allow his life, approve his learning. --Fuller. [1913 Webster]

2. To like; to be suited or pleased with. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

How allow you the model of these clothes? --Massinger. [1913 Webster]

3. To sanction; to invest; to intrust. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Thou shalt be . . . allowed with absolute power. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. 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. [1913 Webster]

He was allowed about three hundred pounds a year. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

5. 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. [1913 Webster]

I allow, with Mrs. Grundy and most moralists, that Miss Newcome's conduct . . . was highly reprehensible. --Thackeray. [1913 Webster]

6. To grant (something) as a deduction or an addition; esp. to abate or deduct; as, to allow a sum for leakage. [1913 Webster]

7. To grant license to; to permit; to consent to; as, to allow a son to be absent. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To allot; assign; bestow; concede; admit; permit; suffer; tolerate. See {Permit}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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