allow for

phrasal verb
allowed for; allowing for; allows 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.

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“Allow for.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/allow%20for. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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