I. verb — [with obj.] 1. let (someone) have or do something[with obj. and infinitive] • the dissident was allowed to leave the country
• [with two objs]
she was allowed a higher profile.
2. [with obj. and adverbial of direction] — let (someone) enter a place or go in a particular direction • the river was patrolled and few people were allowed across.
3. declare or decide that (an event or activity) is legal or acceptable • political advertising on television is not allowed.
4. give the necessary time or opportunity for • they agreed to a ceasefire to allow talks with the government
• [with obj. and infinitive]
he stopped to allow his eyes to adjust.
5. [no obj.] ( allow for) — make provision or provide scope for • the house was demolished to allow for road widening.
6. [no obj.] ( allow for) — take (something) into consideration when making plans or calculations • income rose by 11 per cent allowing for inflation.
7. provide or set aside for a particular purpose • allow an hour or so for driving.
8. [ reporting verb] — admit the truth of; concede[with clause] • he allowed that the penalty appeared too harsh for the crime
• [with direct speech]
‘Could happen,’ she allowed indifferently.
9. [with clause] —
‹dialect› be of the opinion; assert
• Lincoln allowed that he himself could never support the man.
II. phrases allow me said when making a polite request or offering help • please allow me to introduce myself
• ‘Here, allow me,’ came a woman’s voice from behind him.
III. derivatives allowedly adverb
[ sentence adverb]
• English is allowedly one of the most complete of the European languages
– origin Middle English (originally in the senses ‘commend, sanction’ and ‘assign as a right’): from Old French alouer, from Latin allaudare ‘to praise’, reinforced by medieval Latin allocare ‘to place’ (see allocate).