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allow (the foll. are the less common S. uses)
1. to approve, sanction, license Tw.N. I. ii. 57, I. v. 100 “an allowed fool,” Tim. V. i. 167 “Allow'd with absolute power,” Lr. II. iv. 194.
2. to grant, admit 2H4 I. iii. 5, Lucr. 1845; also with “of” Tw.N. IV. ii. 64 “ere I will of thy wits.”
3. to assign as one's due Mer.V. IV. i. 304 “The law allows it” [the pound of flesh].
4. refl. to lend itself Lr. III. vii. 105 “his roguish madness Allows itself to any thing.”
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