allow for

verb
make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain (Freq. 8)
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This leaves no room for improvement

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The evidence allows only one conclusion

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allow for mistakes

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leave lots of time for the trip

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This procedure provides for lots of leeway

Syn: ↑leave, ↑allow, ↑provide
Hypernyms: ↑yield, ↑give, ↑afford
Verb Group: ↑admit, ↑allow
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Something ——s something

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Somebody ——s PP

(for: ↑provide)

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[verb]
take into account, consider, make allowances for, make concessions for, make provision for, plan for, provide for, take into consideration

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al ˈlow ˌfor [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they allow for he/she/it allows for present participle allowing for past tense allowed for past participle allowed for] phrasal verb
to consider something when making a plan or calculation

The cost of the new road, allowing for inflation, is around £17 million.

The survey does not allow for the fact that some students are attending part-time.

Thesaurus: to include something or someonesynonym
Main entry: allow

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allow for [phrasal verb]
allow for (something)
1 a : to think about or plan for (something that will or might happen in the future)

When purchasing property, the company should allow for possible future growth/expansion.

1 b : to consider (something) when you make a calculation

The total distance, allowing for detours, is about 10 miles.

If you allow for inflation, he's actually earning less money now than he was 10 years ago. [=the value of the money he earns now is less than that of the money he earned 10 years ago because of inflation]

2 : to make (something) possible

The design of the system allows for [=allows, permits] easy upgrades.

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Main Entry:allow

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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