make allowance(s) for (someone or something)

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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.
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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]
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make alˈlowances for somebody

not judge somebody too strictly because of certain problems or difficulties: The court was asked to make allowances for the age of the accused.
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The act makes allowances for "legitimate substances" - food, alcohol, caffeine, nicotine and medical products - which can all be categorised as psychoactive substances.
The law makes allowances for exemptions from military service in a number of cases including those citizens with serious ailments or physical disabilities.
The law thus makes allowances for small operations.
Australia played an important role in negotiating the streamlined process, which makes allowances for the challenges poor countries may face when liberalising trade in goods and services.
It makes allowances for younger women to revert to their maiden name.
Unless someone grasps the political nettle and makes allowances for independent cafes and restaurants - be it through rent or taxation incentives - I fail to see how central Birmingham will achieve the stamp of local authenticity that makes for great cities.
The route guidance favours major roads, minimises sharp turns and makes allowances for the lower speeds at which trucks typically travel.
They have started to take issue with the big red crosses I'm so fond of putting next to the cheap and nasty frocks worn by certain soap stars to various events, and the mean comments I've made when yet another pop starlet steps out in a dress that in no way makes allowances for her ample chest, leaving her with the four-boob effect.
The rider's application to alter the date was yesterday accepted in accordance with Instruction H16 - which makes allowances for bans of two days or fewer that cover Group 1 races.
Stagecoach today said the incident was being investigated but added that the company has a policy which makes allowances for people with no money.
The Prospectus Directive makes allowances for a single document or up to three separate documents in a prospectus: registration document, securities note and summary.
Higher Education Minister Margaret Hodge has criticised admission policies as too crude and praised Bristol University where the history department makes allowances for state school pupils.
Then, too, he makes allowances for customs that differed from one manor to the next.
The IMS therefore makes allowances for the fact that some boats are better in certain conditions than other boats, even if they are around the same speed overall.
The current DOD process makes allowances for multi-year funding, but the potential efficiencies of that are often diluted by the Congressional process.