allow · verb /əˈlɑʊ/Full view
B1 T to give someone permission for something
Dictionary examples:

You're not allowed to talk during the exam.

Pets aren't allowed in this hotel.

The referee decided to allow the goal.

Learner example:

I have very strict teachers and they won't allow me to enter the classroom if I'm late. (Preliminary English Test; B1; Georgian)

allow (TIME/MONEY)
C1 T to plan to use a particular amount of money, time, etc., for something
Dictionary example:

Allow three hours for the whole trip.

Learner example:

You must be prepared to allow for an extra quarter of an hour. (Certificate in Advanced English; C1; German)

C1 I or T to make it possible for someone to do something
Dictionary example:

The extra money will allow me to upgrade my computer.

Learner example:

These activities allow people to forget about their problems, to enjoy themselves and also to communicate with others. (Certificate in Advanced English; C1; Portuguese)

C2 T to not prevent something from happening
Dictionary example:

They have allowed the problem to get worse.

Learner example:

A unanimous effort has to be made in order to improve the situation in education instead of allowing it to deteriorate. (Certificate of Proficiency in English; C2; Greek)

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