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allow for

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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyallow for
he/she/itallows for
present participleallowing for
past tenseallowed for
past participleallowed for
  1. allow for something 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.

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