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English definition of “allow for sth”

allow for sth

phrasal verb with allow     /əˈlaʊ/ verb
C1 to consider something when you are planning something: We allowed for living expenses of £20 a day . [+ -ing verb] You should allow for the plane be ing delayed . We have to allow for the possibility that we might not finish on schedule .Planning, expecting and arrangingPlotting and trapping
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