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Admit Liberal is in a depression (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

allow

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Here is my best explanation:

'admit' is the definition.
(allowing is a kind of admiting)

'liberal is in a depression' is the wordplay.
'liberal' becomes 'l' (abbreviation).
'is in' means one lot of letters goes inside another.
'depression' becomes 'low' ('low' can be a synonym of 'depression'**).
'a'+'low'='alow'
'l' placed inside 'alow' is 'ALLOW'.

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This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for allow that I've seen before include "Sanction", "Permit or acknowledge", "Let", "Own", "Give leave to", "Acknowledge - concede", "Permit or concede", "Permit, let happen", "OK" and "grant".)

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