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"The digital technology allowed for enormous growth in the size of newspapers(pagination) with the resultant potential for growing advertising revenues."


Q. What's the meaning of "allow for" here?

I know "allow for something" to be "consider something" but in that context it doesn't make sense. Does "allow for ~" have any other meaning?

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"The digital technology allowed for enormous growth in the size of newspapers(pagination) with the resultant potential for growing advertising revenues."


Q. What's the meaning of "allow for" here?

enable

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thanks3Does "allow for ~" have any other meaning?

Yes, but not the one in question or yours. If you buy a child a dress for Christmas, but it is only September now, you should allow for growth by buying it a size larger. ( https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/allow-for-sth ) Cambridge is the best online reference for expressions like this one.

Your "consider something" is "allow of", not "allow for", and it isn't really "consider". "to make a possibility : admit —used with 'of' - evidence that allows of only one conclusion" ( https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/allow ) This is rather high-register.

And the digital technology simply "allowed" enormous growth. The writer made a mistake.

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So, Isn't there any chance that "allow for something" means "enable something"?