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Allow vs. Let

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Allowverb

(transitive) To grant, give, admit, accord, afford, or yield; to let one have.

‘to allow a servant his liberty;’; ‘to allow a free passage;’; ‘to allow one day for rest’;

Letverb

(transitive) To allow to, not to prevent to}}.

‘After he knocked for hours, I decided to let him come in.’;

Allowverb

(transitive) To acknowledge; to accept as true; to concede; to accede to an opinion.

‘to allow a right;’; ‘to allow a claim;’; ‘to allow the truth of a proposition’;

Letverb

(transitive) To leave.

‘Let me alone!’;

Allowverb

(transitive) To grant (something) as a deduction or an addition; especially to abate or deduct.

‘To allow a sum for leakage.’;

Letverb

(transitive) To allow the release of (a fluid).

‘The physicians let about a pint of his blood, but to no avail.’;

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Allowverb

(transitive) To grant license to; to permit; to consent to.

‘To allow a son to be absent.’; ‘Smoking allowed only in designated areas.’;

Letverb

(transitive) To allow possession of (a property etc.) in exchange for rent.

‘I decided to let the farmhouse to a couple while I was working abroad.’;

Allowverb

To not bar or obstruct.

‘Although I don't consent to their holding such meetings, I will allow them for the time being.’;

Letverb

(transitive) To give, grant, or assign, as a work, privilege, or contract; often with out.

‘to let the building of a bridge;’; ‘to let out the lathing and the plastering’;

Allowverb

(intransitive) To acknowledge or concede.

Letverb

(transitive) Used to introduce an imperative in the first or third person.

‘Let's put on a show!’; ‘Let us have a moment of silence.’; ‘Let me just give you the phone number.’; ‘Let P be the point where AB and OX intersect.’;

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Allowverb

(transitive) To take into account by making an allowance.

‘When calculating a budget for a construction project, always allow for contingencies.’;

Letverb

To cause + bare infinitive.

‘Can you let me know what time you'll be arriving?’;

Allowverb

(transitive) To render physically possible.

Letverb

(archaic) To hinder, prevent, impede, hamper, cumber; to obstruct (someone or something).

Allowverb

To praise; to approve of; hence, to sanction.

Letverb

(obsolete) To prevent someone from doing something; also to prevent something from happening.

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Allowverb

(obsolete) To sanction; to invest; to entrust.

Letverb

(obsolete) To tarry or delay.

Allowverb

To like; to be suited or pleased with.

Letnoun

The allowing of possession of a property etc. in exchange for rent.

Allowverb

To praise; to approve of; hence, to sanction.

‘Ye allow the deeds of your fathers.’; ‘We commend his pains, condemn his pride, allow his life, approve his learning.’;

Letnoun

An obstacle or hindrance.

Allowverb

To like; to be suited or pleased with.

‘How allow you the model of these clothes?’;

Letnoun

(tennis) The hindrance caused by the net during serve, only if the ball falls legally.

Allowverb

To sanction; to invest; to intrust.

‘Thou shalt be . . . allowed with absolute power.’;

Letverb

To retard; to hinder; to impede; to oppose.

‘He was so strong that no man might him let.’; ‘He who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.’; ‘Mine ancient wound is hardly whole,And lets me from the saddle.’;

Allowverb

To grant, give, admit, accord, afford, or yield; to let one have; as, to allow a servant his liberty; to allow a free passage; to allow one day for rest.

‘He was allowed about three hundred pounds a year.’;

Letverb

To leave; to relinquish; to abandon.

‘He . . . prayed him his voyage for to let.’; ‘Yet neither spins nor cards, ne cares nor frets,But to her mother Nature all her care she lets.’; ‘Let me alone in choosing of my wife.’;

Allowverb

To own or acknowledge; to accept as true; to concede; to accede to an opinion; as, to allow a right; to allow a claim; to allow the truth of a proposition.

‘I allow, with Mrs. Grundy and most moralists, that Miss Newcome's conduct . . . was highly reprehensible.’;

Letverb

To consider; to think; to esteem.

Allowverb

To grant (something) as a deduction or an addition; esp. to abate or deduct; as, to allow a sum for leakage.

Letverb

To cause; to make; - used with the infinitive in the active form but in the passive sense; as, let make, i. e., cause to be made; let bring, i. e., cause to be brought.

‘This irous, cursed wretchLet this knight's son anon before him fetch.’; ‘He . . . thus let do slay hem all three.’; ‘Anon he let two coffers make.’;

Allowverb

To grant license to; to permit; to consent to; as, to allow a son to be absent.

Letverb

To permit; to allow; to suffer; - either affirmatively, by positive act, or negatively, by neglecting to restrain or prevent.

‘Pharaoh said, I will let you go.’; ‘If your name be Horatio, as I am let to know it is.’;

Allowverb

To admit; to concede; to make allowance or abatement.

‘Allowing still for the different ways of making it.’;

Letverb

To allow to be used or occupied for a compensation; to lease; to rent; to hire out; - often with out; as, to let a farm; to let a house; to let out horses.

Allowverb

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’;

Letverb

To give, grant, or assign, as a work, privilege, or contract; - often with out; as, to let the building of a bridge; to let out the lathing and the plastering.

Allowverb

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’;

Letverb

To forbear.

Allowverb

let have;

‘grant permission’; ‘Mandela was allowed few visitors in prison’;

Letverb

To be let or leased; as, the farm lets for $500 a year. See note under Let, v. t.

Allowverb

give or assign a share of money or time to a particular person or cause;

‘I will earmark this money for your research’;

Letnoun

A retarding; hindrance; obstacle; impediment; delay; - common in the phrase without let or hindrance, but elsewhere archaic.

‘Consider whether your doings be to the let of your salvation or not.’;

Allowverb

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’;

Letnoun

A stroke in which a ball touches the top of the net in passing over.

Allowverb

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’;

Letnoun

the most brutal terrorist group active in Kashmir; fights against India with the goal of restoring Islamic rule of India;

‘Lashkar-e-Toiba has committed mass murders of civilian Hindus’;

Allowverb

afford possibility;

‘This problem admits of no solution’; ‘This short story allows of several different interpretations’;

Letnoun

a serve that strikes the net before falling into the receiver's court; the ball must be served again

Allowverb

allow the other (baseball) team to score;

‘give up a run’;

Letverb

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’;

Allowverb

grant as a discount or in exchange;

‘The camera store owner allowed me $50 on my old camera’;

Letverb

actively cause something to happen;

‘I let it be known that I was not interested’;

Allowverb

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’;

Letverb

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’;

Letverb

cause to move; cause to be in a certain position or condition;

‘He got his squad on the ball’; ‘This let me in for a big surprise’; ‘He got a girl into trouble’;

Letverb

leave unchanged;

‘let it be’;

Letverb

grant use or occupation of under a term of contract;

‘I am leasing my country estate to some foreigners’;

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