allowance

[ uh-lou-uhns ]
/ əˈlaʊ əns /
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noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. allover,
  2. allow,
  3. allow for,
  4. allowable,
  5. allowable cut,
  6. allowance race,
  7. alloway,
  8. allowed,
  9. allowedly,
  10. alloxan

Idioms

    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 formspre·al·low·ance, nounsu·per·al·low·ance, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for allowance

allowance

/ (əˈlaʊəns) /

noun

verb

(tr) to supply (something) in limited amounts
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Word Origin and History for allowance

allowance

n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with allowance

allowance

see make allowance.

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