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British pronunciation/ɐlˈa‍ʊ/
American pronunciation/əˈɫaʊ/
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to let someone or something do a particular thing

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1.1

to let someone or something enter or exit a particular place or go in a certain direction

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The gatekeeper allowed the delivery truck inside the restricted area.
The security guard allowed the visitors into the building after checking their IDs.
Pets are allowed in the park, but they must be leashed.
The bouncer allowed only VIP guests into the exclusive club.
1.2

to let someone have a particular thing

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I allow myself a cup of coffee in the morning.
She allows her children one hour of TV each day.
The restaurant policy does not allow customers to bring their own alcoholic beverages.
The manager decided to allow the team extra time to complete the project.
1.3

to let a particular thing take place or be done

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You're allowed a 15-minute break every two hours.
Smoking is not allowed in this building.
Cell phone use is not allowed during the exam.
Freedom of speech must be allowed in a democratic society
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to make a specific thing possible, particularly something useful or helpful

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to make sure one has a sufficient amount of something such as time, food, money, etc. available for a specific purpose

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She allowed a few extra minutes in case of traffic.
Allow plenty of space in your suitcase for souvenirs.
How many days did you allow for your vacation?
I've allowed an hour for the meeting, but it might take longer.
We need to allow a budget of $1,000 for repairs.
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to acknowledge or accept the truth, validity, or correctness of something

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The new policy allows employees to work remotely.
She allowed her children to play in the park.
The school policy does not allow students to use their phones during class.
The park doesn't allow dogs, except for service animals.
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