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verb as in admit; acknowledge

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verb as in set aside

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At the beginning of the pandemic, the FDA took the unprecedented step of allowing companies like Legere’s to distribute antibody tests that were not authorized by the agency.

The environmental group has also called on the administration to tighten the 2019 regulations on surface expressions, which explicitly allowed steam fracking.

Memphis Rox also offers a pay-what-you-can cost structure that allows participants to offset normal gym fees with volunteer hours at the gym or a local charity.

For the more ambitious, backpacking in the dunes and nearby mountains is also allowed—but by permit only.

As one former employee put it, “they were HUGE cash cows” that allowed the network to lower costs paid to outside companies.

This week, Florida became the 36th state to allow same-sex marriage.

First, they allow Paul to siphon off attention from whichever potential candidate is making news.

By contrast, a gun will allow a pilot to attack hostile forces that are less than 300 feet from friendly ground forces.

Cover with plastic wrap and allow the dates to soften, about 15 minutes.

Allow beans to cool completely then remove to a paper towel-lined plate to dry.

This treacherous sort of calm, we thought, might forbode a storm, and we did not allow it to lull us into security.

I cannot believe that a good God would create or tolerate a Devil, nor that he would allow the Devil to tempt man.

I allow we shan't never set eyes on ter her, Jos. I've got jest thet feelin' abaout it.

It would not do to allow his son to do anything that would upset his dignity, though he loved him very much indeed.

I never see sech hosses; 'n' they're jest like kittens; they've ben drefful pets, I allow.


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What are other ways to say allow?

Allow and permit are often interchangeable as terms that imply granting or conceding the right of someone to do something, but permit is the more positive of the two. Allow implies complete absence of an attempt, or even an intent, to hinder. Permit suggests formal or implied assent or authorization. Let is the familiar, conversational term for both allow and permit.

On this page you'll find 206 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to allow, such as: grant, acquiesce, avow, concede, confess, and own.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.