Definition of make allowance (or allowances) for in English:

make allowance (or allowances) for

phrase

  • 1Take into consideration when planning something.

    ‘the council has made no allowances for inflation’
    • ‘The square will also make allowance for upwards of 600 hawker stalls, largely along its southern border, in and around the preserved first shops along Union Street.’
    • ‘They should be protected, but the laws should also make allowance for the protection of birds at the feeder.’
    • ‘Any planet search that relies on transits must make allowance for the fact that transits, by their very nature, are rare events.’
    • ‘Such responsive approaches to prisoners' health needs that make allowance for prisoners' self care and personal responsibility for health issues are useful starting points for reducing pressure on prisons' health service budgets.’
    • ‘For Britain's part, it wanted to make a better job of colonisation than it had in other parts of the world, to make allowance for the rights of indigenous people in a way that it never had before.’
    • ‘It is necessary to recognise the risk of error in adopting such a fact finding process, and to make allowance for it.’
    • ‘All home-care workers should be paid petrol costs and travel time between clients' homes, not just those workers lucky enough to work for providers who make allowance for that.’
    • ‘The present budget did not make allowance for the increase of the present 43 councillors to 90 during the next elections, said Shepherd.’
    • ‘Thus, the rate of compensation made no allowance either for appreciation or for the landowner's purchase price.’
    • ‘According to a report presented to the City council by Baskin, this figure includes shack settlements and makes allowance for 4,000 households to be relocated within the framework of the backyard shacks upgrading programme.’
    • ‘If nuclear waste storage proposals are being analysed, then it is necessary to make allowance for the very long half-life of some radioactive isotopes.’
    • ‘The standing orders for the Congress, which will be held over two days, makes allowance for the Strategic Review Committee chairman to give a 15-minute summary of the proposals at the start.’
    • ‘For the pretreatment phase, measurements need to be far enough apart to make allowance for the short term variability within and between days.’
    • ‘I think is a trivial assertion and it certainly not anything you should adjust your science to, to make allowance for.’
    • ‘They made allowance for what could be realistically achieved in the time available and adjusted their expectations accordingly.’
    • ‘Keeping the shadow in the correct position, and making allowance for the movement of the sun through the day, a vehicle can be kept on a reasonably accurate bearing.’
    • ‘It said that while making allowance for special and differential treatment for developing countries, moves should be initiated to eliminate all trade distorting subsidies.’
    • ‘They must make allowance for the possible presence of pedestrians, including children at play, unmarked objects and irregularities in the road surface, and the alignment of the roadway.’
    • ‘The residual method of valuation makes allowance for risk and uncertainty.’
    • ‘He did not always make appropriate deductions from anticipated profits to make allowance for these factors.’
    take into consideration, take into account, bear in mind, keep in mind, not lose sight of, have regard to, provide for, plan for, make plans for, foresee, anticipate, get ready for, cater for, allow for, make provision for, make preparations for, prepare for, accommodate, make concessions for
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  • 2Treat leniently on account of mitigating circumstances.

    ‘she liked them and made allowances for their faults’
    • ‘He can trust in himself when all men doubt him and, importantly, make allowance for their doubting too.’
    • ‘Punters are aware of the Fringe's tight resources and make allowances for inconveniences such as badly designed ticket wallets and box office problems.’
    • ‘That way they can make allowance for your short temper and sharp tongue.’
    • ‘They now trade at the equivalent of roughly 14 times their 100p flotation price in July 1997, after making allowance for new share issues.’
    • ‘There is an emphasis on unity: Eadgar's codes make allowance for local custom, especially in the Danelaw, but insist that ‘the secular law shall stand in each folk as can best be established’.’
    • ‘You might say that it's a true history of the subject, making allowance for its brevity and its focus on Lincoln's contemporary rather than on Lincoln himself.’
    • ‘It is simply not credible - even if we make allowance for stupidity - to make those outlandish claims in this House.’
    • ‘Even making allowance for difficulties of recollection, we cannot regard the explanation of counsel for his failure to make an application to exclude evidence of the admission as adequate.’
    • ‘The church has made allowance for human evolution from a base of lower animals.’
    • ‘He assessed the whole damage at £1,600 and making allowance for the appellant's contributory negligence awarded £1,200 with minor special damage.’
    • ‘Do I make allowance for the technically primitive recording?’
    • ‘This analysis makes allowance for any differences in school attainment, experience in the labor market, or being a native English-language speaker.’
    • ‘While the Committee made allowance for the fact that you had not been in clinical practice for two years at the time of the assessment, your scores in all areas remained far below the minimum expected of a registered medical practitioner.’
    • ‘Secondly, make allowance for the fact that memory obviously fades, memories on all sides fade over a period of 20 years and as a result evidence of about certain aspects of the case may be vague and may be unspecific.’
    • ‘The original trial judge made allowance for provocation when he sentenced them, but the appeal court said it was not enough.’
    • ‘So too the common law makes allowance for the difficulties in the circumstances in which professional judgments have to be made and acted upon.’
    • ‘Even making allowance for the many weaknesses on the visiting side, Wicklow could be more than happy with their overall display.’
    • ‘Sedition has been preached under our noses and we are supposed to make allowance for a faith that allows this.’
    • ‘The court should be alert to make allowance for situations which make it impractical for a defendant to satisfy the burden of proof which the legislation places upon him.’
    • ‘Too often - even making allowance for the understandable pressure of short rehearsal time - performers fend for themselves.’
    excuse, make excuses for, forgive, pardon, overlook, pass over, treat leniently, condone
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