Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To praise; to approve of; hence, to sanction.
[Obs. or Archaic]
allowthe deeds of your fathers.
Luke xi. 48.
We commend his pains, condemn his pride,
allowhis life, approve his learning.
To like; to be suited or pleased with.
allowyou the model of these clothes?
To sanction; to invest; to intrust.
Thou shalt be . . .
allowedwith absolute power.
To grant, give, admit, accord, afford, or yield; to let one have;
allowa servant his liberty; to
allowa free passage; to
allowone day for rest.
allowedabout three hundred pounds a year.
To own or acknowledge; to accept as true; to concede; to accede to an opinion;
allowa right; to
allowa claim; to
allowthe truth of a proposition.
allow, with Mrs. Grundy and most moralists, that Miss Newcome’s conduct . . . was highly reprehensible.
To grant (something) as a deduction or an addition; esp. to abate or deduct;
allowa sum for leakage
To grant license to; to permit; to consent to;
allowa son to be absent
Syn. – To allot; assign; bestow; concede; admit; permit; suffer; tolerate. See
To admit; to concede; to make allowance or abatement.
Allowingstill for the different ways of making it.
To allow of,
to permit; to admit.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To grant, give or yield; as, to allow a servant his liberty; to allow a pension.
2.To admit; as, to allow the truth of a proposition; to allow a claim.
3.To admit; to own or acknowledge; as, to allow the right of the President to displace officers.
4.To approve, justify or sanction.
Ye allow the deeds of your fathers. Luke 11. Rom. 8.
5.To afford, or grant as a compensation; as, to allow a dollar a day for wages.
6.To abate or deduct; as, to allow a sum for tare or leakage.
7.To permit; to grant license to; as, to allow a son to be absent.