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I'm sorry, sir, but smoking is not allowed.
She only allows the children to watch television at weekends.
I'm not allowed to drive my dad's car.
Some prisoners are allowed visitors.
I'm on a diet but I allow myself an occasional piece of cake.
If you leave the club, you will not be allowed back in.
Allow the cake to cool for five minutes before taking it out of the tin.
Unfortunately, they didn't allow me to explain the thinking behind my decision.
This is the British English definition of allow. View American English definition of allow.
the gear that you use for driving a vehicle very slowly
to post a tweet, usually a negative one, that mentions a person without using the @ sign, so that they will not see the message on their Twitter feed …add a word
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