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Definition of the verb allow for

What does allow for mean as a doing phrase?

verb - inflections: allowed for, allowing for, allows for

  1. make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain
    • example: allow for mistakes
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of allow for: allow / leave / provide
    • more generic words: afford / give / yield = be the cause or source of

Alternative definition of the verb allow for


  1. To take into account when making plans.

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Gender in Media (2012)

by Mary Kosut

Most sites allow for geographical searches based on gender and sexual orientation, but the other ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Social Media and Politics (2013)

by Kerric Harvey

Social media allow for conversations to occur between friends in places where they might have been disruptive or impossible in the past. For example, texting can quietly occur while waiting in a doctor's office, where a phone call might be loud ...

Google previewA Dictionary for the Modern Clarinetist (2014)

by Jane Ellsworth

Some cases also allow for the interior storage of larger items such as music. Cases must allow not only for protection from impact damage, but also from extremes of heat or cold; a few manufacturers even produce high-end cases that provide ...



water and air, to allow for the expansion of the water when heated. The arrangement of various Furnace Fig. 6. the pipe may be the plan generally followed is to place a considerable coil of it within a pedestal or banker, with open trellis-work ...

Google previewAmerican Machinists' Handbook and Dictionary of Shop Terms (1914)

A Reference Book of Machine Shop and Drawing Room Data, Methods and Definitions by Fred Herbert Colvin, Frank Arthur Stanley

Grinding allowances for hardened work are usually larger than for soft work, to allow for possible distortion; so that individual experience alone can determine the amount to be left. It is sufficient to say that the allowances on case-hardened or ...

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Ergonomics and Human Factors, Second Edition - 3 Volume Set (2006)

by Informa Healthcare, Waldemar Karwowski

Such a layout should allow for effective functioning of the human–machine systems. The placement of objects (layout design) is, therefore, an important ergonomic design problem for simple and complex systems and structures. Ergonomic ...

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In the immediate aftermath of the hurricane, I sent a letter to EPA Administrator Stephen L Johnson urging him to waive regulations to allow for the early sale of winter grade fuel to help with gasoline shortages and gasoline prices. (Bob Ney)
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