verb (used with object), al·low·anced, al·low·anc·ing.
- 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
Synonyms for allowance
Related Words for allowancesalary, wage, fee, gift, grant, ration, quota, stipend, subsidy, allotment, allocation, pension, alimony, aid, contribution, scholarship, annuity, deduction, reduction, adjustment
Examples from the Web for allowance
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of allowance
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
- 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.