allow for

Definition of allow for

1 :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.
2 :to consider (something) when one makes 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.
3 :to make (something) possible
  • The design of the system allows for easy upgrades.

Word by Word Definitions

allow play
  1. : permit

  2. : to fail to restrain or prevent

  3. : to assign as a share or suitable amount (as of time or money)


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