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
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- 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.
make allowance for
Also, make allowances for. Take into account extenuating circumstances, as in We have to make allowance for Jeff; he's very new to the business, or Grandma is always making allowances for the children's bad manners. [c. 1700]
see make allowance.