make allowance for


: to think about or plan for (something that will or might happen in the future)
When purchasing property, the company should make allowance for possible future growth/expansion.
: to consider (something) when one makes a calculation
When you're comparing costs from different decades, you need to make allowance for inflation.

Examples of make allowance for in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But evolution doesn’t make allowance for graceful exits. Peter Brannen, The Atlantic, 22 June 2022 Realism should teach us to make allowance for a trait common among our least-gifted politicians: the inability to access their own thoughts on any subject in their blind groping for the talking point du jour. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, 20 July 2021 Alas, my plan to sort and cull my thousands of books — — failed to make allowance for human nature. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, 17 June 2020

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“Make allowance for.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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