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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [dis-uh-lou]
    • /ˌdɪs əˈlaʊ/
    • /ˌdɪs.əˈlaʊ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [dis-uh-lou]
    • /ˌdɪs əˈlaʊ/

Definitions of disallow word

  • verb with object disallow to refuse to allow; reject; veto: to disallow a claim for compensation. 1
  • verb with object disallow to refuse to admit the truth or validity of: to disallow the veracity of a report. 1
  • noun disallow Refuse to declare valid. 1
  • transitive verb disallow refuse, veto 1
  • verb disallow If something is disallowed, it is not allowed or accepted officially, because it has not been done correctly. 0
  • verb disallow to reject as untrue or invalid 0

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Origin of disallow

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
First recorded in 1350-1400; Middle English word from Old French word desallouer. See dis-1, allow

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Parts of speech for Disallow


disallow popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 80% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for disallow

verb disallow

  • forbid — to command (a person) not to do something, have something, etc., or not to enter some place: to forbid him entry to the house.
  • rebuff — a blunt or abrupt rejection, as of a person making advances.
  • deny — When you deny something, you state that it is not true.
  • abjure — If you abjure something such as a belief or way of life, you state publicly that you will give it up or that you reject it.
  • veto — the power or right vested in one branch of a government to cancel or postpone the decisions, enactments, etc., of another branch, especially the right of a president, governor, or other chief executive to reject bills passed by the legislature.

Antonyms for disallow

verb disallow

  • grant — to bestow or confer, especially by a formal act: to grant a charter.
  • ok — all right; proceeding normally; satisfactory or under control: Things are OK at the moment.
  • permit — to allow to do something: Permit me to explain.
  • sanction — authoritative permission or approval, as for an action.
  • include — to contain, as a whole does parts or any part or element: The package includes the computer, program, disks, and a manual.

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