- the act of allowing.
- an amount or share allotted or granted.
- a sum of money allotted or granted for a particular purpose, as for expenses: Her allowance for the business trip was $200.
- a sum of money allotted or granted to a person on a regular basis, as for personal or general living expenses: The art student lived on an allowance of $300 a month. When I was in first grade, my parents gave me an allowance of 50 cents a week.
- an addition or deduction based on an extenuating or qualifying circumstance: an allowance for profit; an allowance for depreciation.
- acknowledgment; concession: the allowance of a claim.
- sanction; tolerance: the allowance of slavery.
- Machinery. a prescribed difference in dimensions of two closely fitting mating parts with regard to minimum clearance or maximum interference.Compare tolerance(def 6a).
- Coining. tolerance(def 7).
- to place on a fixed allowance, as of food or drink.
- to allocate (supplies, rations, etc.) in fixed or regular amounts.
- make allowance/allowances(for),
- to take mitigating factors or circumstances into consideration.
- to pardon; excuse.
- to reserve time, money, etc.; allow for: Make allowance for souvenirs on the return trip.
Origin of allowance
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Examples from the Web for allowance
If Justin Bieber were Tom Brady's son, Brady would most likely be unable to afford his weekly allowance.Justin Bieber Isn’t Even 21, Yet Makes More Money Than Meryl Streep
November 25, 2014
This allowance worked for the state (Maria Theresa taxed their production).What to Drink When it’s Cold? The Glory of Austrian Schnaps
January 25, 2014
It's here that you see the $130-million plus Catching Fire budget, upped from The Hunger Games' $78-million allowance, pay off.‘Catching Fire’ Review: Bigger, More Polished, and Just Another Popcorn Flick
November 14, 2013
Laham pays $200 a month for rent alone, and, like Nidal, she has used up her UNRWA allowance.Syria’s Palestinians Seek Refuge in Lebanon
February 11, 2013
Many European countries offer some form of mother's allowance.America's Kludgeocracy Democracy
December 11, 2012
You are heated now, Sir, and I can make every allowance for your natural vexation.The Incomplete Amorist
He was a year younger than I, and young-looking even when that allowance was made.Little Dorrit
He meant to keep up her allowance, he said, and he had insured his life for her.The Harbor
Wondering now I was how we should last until the next quarter's allowance.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
"You don't make any allowance for the views of women," Roger said.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
- an amount of something, esp money or food, given or allotted usually at regular intervals
- a discount, as in consideration for something given in part exchange or to increase business; rebate
- (in Britain) an amount of a person's income that is not subject to a particular tax and is therefore deducted before his or her liability to taxation is assessed
- a portion set aside to compensate for something or to cover special expenses
- British education a salary supplement given to a teacher who is appointed to undertake extra duties and responsibilities
- admission; concession
- the act of allowing; sanction; toleration
- something allowed
- make allowances or make allowance (usually foll by for)
- to take mitigating circumstances into account in consideration (of)
- to allow (for)
- (tr) to supply (something) in limited amounts
Word Origin and History for allowance
late 14c., "praise" (a sense now obsolete), from Old French aloance "allowance, granting, allocation," from alouer (see allow). Sense of "a sum alloted to meet expenses" is from c.1400. In accounts, meaning "a sum placed to one's credit" is attested from 1520s. To make allowances is literally to add or deduct a sum from someone's account for some special circumstance. Figurative use of the phrase is attested from 1670s.
Idioms and Phrases with allowance
see make allowance.