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make allowance(s) for (someone or something)

1. To prepare adequately for someone or something. My whole family is coming to Thanksgiving dinner now, so you better make allowance for seven more people at the table. The weather there is pretty inconsistent at this time of year, so make allowances for that when you pack.
2. To be forgiving or accepting of someone or something due to special circumstances. When the weather is this bad, the company makes allowance for Gina's tardiness because she has a very long commute. The teachers have been kind enough to make allowances for Jake this semester after his mother's sudden death.
See also: make

make allowance for

Also, make allowances for. Take into account extenuating circumstances, as in We have to make allowance for Jeff; he's very new to the business, or Grandma is always making allowances for the children's bad manners. [c. 1700]
See also: allowance, make
References in classic literature ?
You will make allowances for your old friend, and your sincere well-wisher?
I'm so sorry, but you know you need to make allowances for her--after all, she's only two.
Successful state schools make sacrifices for the sake of their pupils while mediocre comprehensives make allowances for teachers' mistakes, according to new research.
5% per year (to a maximum of 10 years) to make allowances for advances in design and construction.