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v.t. -bled, -bling.
allow permit let enable
Allow and permit are followed by an object and a to-infinitive clause.
You can say that people are not allowed to do something or are not permitted to do something.
You can also say that something is not allowed or that it is not permitted.
Let is followed by an object and an infinitive without to.
You don't usually use 'let' in the passive. Don't say, for example, 'She was let go to the party'.
Don't confuse any of these words with enable. To enable someone to do something means to give them the opportunity to do it. It does not mean to give them permission to do it.
Past participle: enabled
|Verb||1.||enable - render capable or able for some task; "This skill will enable you to find a job on Wall Street"; "The rope enables you to secure yourself when you climb the mountain"|
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
equip - provide with abilities or understanding; "She was never equipped to be a dancer"
allow stop, prevent, hinder, obstruct, impede