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allow for

Meaning: to consider something, or take it into account, when making plans or making a decision

Synonym: take into account

For example:

  • allow for sth Don't forget to allow for inflation when estimating your future expenses.

  • allow sth for sth You should allow time for traffic jams when deciding what time to leave for the airport.

Nouns often used as objects with
allow for: delays, costs, expenses, traffic jams, bad weather, inflation

Quick Quiz:

If I had allowed for extra expenses like medical costs, I wouldn't have
  1. made a lot of money
  2. spent a lot of money
  3. run out of money

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