Definition of ALLOWING


Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 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" ;

  • 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" ;

  • 3. (

    ) let have; "grant permission"; "Mandela was allowed few visitors in prison" ;

  • 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" ;

  • 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" ;

  • 7. (

    ) afford possibility; "This problem admits of no solution"; "This short story allows of several different interpretations" ;

  • 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" ;

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