We do ourselves an injustice if we allow someone else to define King only in his or her image.
By giving brief but meaningful homework, teachers can allow enjoyment to replace efficiency as a guiding value for students.
Only then, Santorum would later say, did it become “a pretty easy call” to induce labor and allow the pregnancy to lapse.
While visiting the artist, the curators candidly asked Johns to allow MoMA to debut his newest, and then unfinished, collection.
You bet, but it would also allow them to offer an alternative to dramas and American Idol in January.
She did not allow him to finish; she said hastily that she must witness the contest.
He worships every handsome woman, who will allow herself to be polluted by his incense.
Mr. Erle, if you will allow me, I should like to take the child home.
Accept them for a dowry; and allow me to claim one privilege in return.
I shall not allow my liberty to be taken away, or restricted, by you.
early 14c., allouen, "to commend, praise; approve of, be pleased with; appreciate the value of;" also, "take into account or give credit for," also, in law and philosophy, "recognize, admit as valid" (a privilege, an excuse, a statement, etc.). From late 14c. as "sanction or permit; condone;" in business use from early 15c.
The Middle English word is from Anglo-French alouer, Old French aloer, alloiier (13c.) "allot, apportion, bestow, assign," from Latin allocare (see allocate). This word in Old French was confused and ultimately merged with aloer; alloer "to praise, commend," from Latin allaudare, adlaudare, compound of ad- "to" (see ad-) + laudare "to praise" (see laud). From the first word came the sense preserved in allowance as "money granted;" from the second came its meaning "permission based on approval."
Between the two primary significations there naturally arose a variety of uses blending them in the general idea of assign with approval, grant, concede a thing claimed or urged, admit a thing offered, permit, etc., etc. [OED].Related: Allowed; allowing.