[ uh-lou-uhns ]
/ əˈlaʊ əns /


verb (used with object), al·low·anced, al·low·anc·ing.

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),
    1. to take mitigating factors or circumstances into consideration.
    2. to pardon; excuse.
    3. to reserve time, money, etc.; allow for: Make allowance for souvenirs on the return trip.

Origin of allowance

1350–1400; Middle English alouance < Middle French. See allow, -ance

Related forms

pre·al·low·ance, nounsu·per·al·low·ance, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for allowance


/ (əˈlaʊəns) /



(tr) to supply (something) in limited amounts
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Idioms and Phrases with allowance


see make allowance.

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