1 acknowledge, admit, grant, concede, own:
He allowed that he had not been completely truthful about his movements that night.
2 agree to, concede, cede to, admit, permit, authorize, entertain, consent to:
The judge said that he would allow a plea of 'guilty with an explanation'.
3 permit, let, suffer:
Please allow the children to select their own friends.
4 tolerate, stand (for), brook, sanction, countenance, permit, consider, put up with:
The headmaster refuses to allow such goings-on at his school.
5 give, let (someone) have, appropriate, grant, budget, earmark, assign, allocate, assign, approve:
The company allowed him $100 a day for expenses.
6 make allowance or concession for, set apart or aside, put aside, take into account or consideration; add; deduct:
You must allow at least an extra hour for the traffic during rush hour. The shipper allows ten kilos for the weight of the container.