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permitted; given as one’s share: The host is allowed ten percent of the entrance fee.
Not to be confused with:
aloud – spoken in a normal tone and volume; vocally: Read the story aloud.


permitted: The children were allowed to leave early.; admitted; acknowledged; conceded: He allowed that he had made a mistake.
Not to be confused with:
aloud – with the normal tone of a speaking voice; vocally: He read aloud in class.
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v. al·lowed, al·low·ing, al·lows
1. To let do or happen; permit: We allow smoking only in restricted areas.
2. To permit the presence of: No pets are allowed inside.
3. To permit to have: allow oneself a little treat.
4. To make provision for; assign: The schedule allows time for a coffee break.
5. To plan for in case of need: allow two inches in the fabric for shrinkage.
6. To grant as a discount or in exchange: allowed me 20 dollars on my old typewriter.
7. Chiefly Southern & Midland US
a. To admit; concede: I allowed he was right.
b. To think; suppose: "We allow he's straight" (American Speech).
c. To assert; declare: Mother allowed that we'd better come in for dinner.
1. To offer a possibility; admit: The poem allows of several interpretations.
2. To take a possibility into account; make allowance: In calculating profit, retailers must allow for breakage and spoilage.

[Middle English allouen, to approve, permit, from Old French alouer, from Latin allaudāre, to praise (ad-, intensive pref.; see ad- + laudāre, to praise; see laud) and from Medieval Latin allocāre, to assign; see allocate.]

al·low′a·ble adj.
al·low′a·bly adv.
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References in classic literature ?
"I begged to nurse her, I wasn't allowed to, and now I'm blamed for it."
Well, the duke allowed he would take my bed; but the king allowed he wouldn't.
He had allowed himself to be led, pushed, carried, lifted, bound, and bound again.
I rigged up my pile-driver, and allowed myself fifteen minutes to drive him into the earth -- drive him ALL in -- drive him in till not even the curve of his skull should show above ground.
"Messieurs," said he, "as long as monsieur le cardinal lived, I allowed him to govern my affairs; but now I mean to govern them myself.
Felix rejected his offers with contempt, yet when he saw the lovely Safie, who was allowed to visit her father and who by her gestures expressed her lively gratitude, the youth could not help owning to his own mind that the captive possessed a treasure which would fully reward his toil and hazard.
Bingley and Jane, however, soon allowed the others to outstrip them.
Elizabeth allowed none of her favorites to love any one but herself, so she punished Raleigh by sending him to the Tower.
Dorothy begged to be allowed to go first into the palace, but Tiktok firmly maintained that the slave should face danger before the mistress.
She thanked her father warmly for yielding to her wishes, and, seeing him still bowed down with grief, told him that she hoped he would never repent having allowed her to marry the Sultan.
But with respect to citizens there is a doubt remaining, whether those only are truly so who are allowed to share in the government, or whether the mechanics also are to be considered as such?
Knightley; so far it was all of course and it was hardly less inevitable that poor little Harriet must be asked to make the eighth:but this invitation was not given with equal satisfaction, and on many accounts Emma was particularly pleased by Harriet's begging to be allowed to decline it.