verb (used with object), al·low·anced, al·low·anc·ing.
- allow for,
- allowable cut,
- allowance race,
- 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
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|Amy Zimmerman|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This allowance worked for the state (Maria Theresa taxed their production).What to Drink When it’s Cold? The Glory of Austrian Schnaps|Jordan Salcito|January 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Kevin Fallon|November 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Laham pays $200 a month for rent alone, and, like Nidal, she has used up her UNRWA allowance.
Many European countries offer some form of mother's allowance.
In any case some allowance should be made for the amount of nitrogen collected by the legumes.The Pecan and its Culture|H. Harold Hume
The girls were not extravagantly provided for, but for example's sake he reduced their allowance by one-third.The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly|Charles James Lever
Mr. Nightingale, it may be added, had enlarged Florence's allowance at the time of the marriage of his other daughter.The Life of Florence Nightingale vol. 1 of 2|Edward Tyas Cook
Oh, if only I hadn't spent my allowance for clothes that I didn't need!Tabitha's Vacation|Ruth Alberta Brown
A keen examination suggests that on the whole advance has been made, allowance being conceded for many a turn and variation.Recollections and Impressions|Octavius Brooks Frothingham
- to take mitigating circumstances into account in consideration (of)
- to allow (for)
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.
see make allowance.