Aloud and Allowed

by Craig Shrives
The Quick Answer
What is the difference between aloud and allowed?

Aloud means out loud.
Allowed means permitted.
aloud or allowed difference

Aloud or Allowed?

The words aloud and allowed sound similar and are sometimes confused.


The adverb aloud means out loud and refers to sound (almost always speech).

  • Please do not read aloud. You're disturbing everyone else in the library.
  • The public are not keen on lip-syncing; therefore, medal hopefuls must all learn to sing the national anthem aloud.


Allowed is the past tense of the verb to allow, which means to permit. Allowed is synonymous with (the same as) permitted.

  • Small amounts of baby formula and breast milk are allowed in the aircraft cabin if a baby or small child is traveling.
  • I am not aloud to go to the party on Saturday.
  • (should be allowed)

Common Terms with "Aloud" and "Allowed"

Common terms with the word "aloud":
  • think aloud
  • read aloud
  • Girls Aloud
Common terms with the word "allowed":
  • allowed time
Interactive Exercise
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