from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. to permit; to admit.


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  • The boat having returned to the coast of what was supposed to be Furneaux Land, was running along “in whichever way the land might trend, for the state of the boat did not seem to allow of our quitting the shore with propriety.”

    The Life of Captain Matthew Flinders

  • I think the printing has made too much progress to allow of dealing with any of the long things now; I have left 'Merope' aside entirely, but the rest I have reprinted.

    Matthew Arnold

  • The respiration is likewise a little hurried; and as all the muscles serving for this function act in association, the wings of the nostrils are somewhat raised to allow of a free indraught of air; and this is a highly characteristic sign of indignation.

    The expression of the emotions in man and animals

  • Cadfael heard a cow lowing, very contentedly, and marked how a small space to one side had been cleared of what larger timber it had carried, to allow of modest coppicing.

    Brother Cadfael's Penance

  • In a number of cases (especially in Rankin, Hinds and Panola counties,) the brines, or salt obtained therefrom, were of good, and even superior quality; in others, their impurity was found to be corrected by the use of quicklime; while in others still, the amount of other salts (especially Glauber's and Epsom Salt) was found too great to allow of purification or other useful application for the present.

    Journal of the House of Representatives of the State of Mississippi, December Session of 1862, and November Session of 1863

  • It grew foully stufiy, but it was not warm enough to allow of our putting all the blankets underneath, so that we could only use one to soften the floor.

    Down and Out in Paris and London

  • We had proceeded to too great a distance to allow of our hearing his voice, before Wawatam had ceased to offer up his prayers. "

    A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

  • But it is a great disadvantage in a day's mustering to make a late start; the sheep have dispersed from their high camping grounds, and are feeding all up the gullies and over the hill-sides in scattered mobs; and it is of course much harder work walking under the burning sun than if his fiercest hour of mid-day heat found the men at the top of the range of hills, and with the sheep so well in hand, driving slowly before them, as to allow of the tired musterers sitting down under the shadow of a great rock (for there are no trees), and having a ten minutes '

    A Christmas Cake in Four Quarters


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