One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the police allowed him to go home’
permit, let, authorize, give someone permission to, give authorization to, give leave to, sanction, grant, grant someone the right, license, empower, enable, entitle, qualify
consent to, assent to, give one's assent to, give one's consent to, give one's blessing to, give someone the nod, give something the nod, acquiesce in, agree to, accede to, approve of, tolerate, countenance, suffer, brook, admit of
legalize, legitimatize, legitimate
informal give the go-ahead to, give the thumbs up to, OK, give the OK to, give the green light to, say the word
2‘allow an hour or so for driving’
set aside, allocate, allot, earmark, designate, spare, devote, give, afford, apportion, assign
3‘the house was demolished to allow for road widening’
provide for, plan for, make plans for, get ready for, cater for, take into consideration, take into account, make provision for, make preparations for, prepare for, accommodate, make allowances for, make concessions for, arrange for
bargain for, reckon with
4‘she allowed that all people had their funny little ways’
admit, acknowledge, recognize, agree, accept, concede, grant, own, confess, accede
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