W1S1 [əˈlau] v [T]
1¦(can do something)¦
2¦(make something possible)¦
3¦(have enough of something)¦
5 allow me
Phrasal verbs
 allow for somebody/something
 allow of something
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: allouer, from Medieval Latin allocare ( ALLOCATE) and from Latin adlaudare, from ad- 'to' + laudare 'to praise']
to let someone do or have something, or let something happen
= ↑permit allow sb/sth to do sth
My parents wouldn't allow me to go to the party.
Women are not allowed to enter the mosque.
Don't allow your problems to dominate your life.
allow sb sth
Passengers are allowed one item of hand luggage each.
How much time are we allowed?
allow sb in/out/up etc
I don't allow the cat in the bedroom.
The audience is not allowed backstage.
sth is (not) allowed
(=something is or is not officially permitted)
Are dictionaries allowed in the exam?
We don't allow diving in the pool.
to make it possible for something to happen or for someone to do something, especially something helpful or useful
= ↑permit
This adjustment of the figures allows a fairer comparison.
allow for
Our new system will allow for more efficient use of resources.
allow sb to do sth
A 24-hour ceasefire allowed the two armies to reach an agreement.
allow sb sth
a seatbelt that allows the driver greater freedom of movement
to be sure that you have enough time, money, food etc available for a particular purpose
allow sb sth
Allow yourselves plenty of time to get to the airport.
allow sth for sb/sth
I've allowed half a bottle of wine for each person.
formal to accept that something is correct or true, or that something is acceptable according to the rules or law
allow that
I allow that there may have been a mistake.
The judge allowed the evidence.
5.) allow me
formal used as a polite way of offering to help someone do something
'Allow me,' the waiter said, opening the door.
allow for / [allow for sb/sth] phr v
to consider the possible facts, problems, costs etc involved in something when making a plan, calculation, or judgment
Allowing for inflation, the cost of the project will be $2 million.
You should always allow for the possibility that it might rain.
allow of [allow of sth] phr v
to make it possible for something to happen or be accepted
The facts allow of only one interpretation.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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