- an amount of something, esp money or food, given or allotted usually at regular intervals
- a discount, as in consideration for something given in part exchange or to increase business; rebate
- (in Britain) an amount of a person's income that is not subject to a particular tax and is therefore deducted before his or her liability to taxation is assessed
- a portion set aside to compensate for something or to cover special expenses
- admission; concession
- the act of allowing; sanction; toleration
- make allowances, make allowance ⇒ (usually followed by for) to take mitigating circumstances into account in consideration (of)
- to allow (for)
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- an amount or share set aside for a purpose: a dietary allowance of 900 calories a day.
- a sum of money set aside for a particular purpose: an allowance of $200 for travel.
- a sum of money given on a regular basis:Each child got a weekly allowance.
- to overlook the existence or nature of:We have to make allowances for her faults.
- to allow for, as by reserving time, money, etc., for:We have to make allowances for the traffic.
n., v., -anced, -anc•ing.
- the act of allowing.
- an amount or share allotted or granted.
- a sum of money allotted or granted for a particular purpose, as for expenses:Her allowance for the business trip was $200.
- a sum of money allotted or granted to a person on a regular basis, as for personal or general living expenses:The art student lived on an allowance of $300 a month. When I was in first grade, my parents gave me an allowance of 50 cents a week.
- an addition or deduction based on an extenuating or qualifying circumstance:an allowance for profit; an allowance for depreciation.
concession:the allowance of a claim.
- sanction; tolerance:the allowance of slavery.
- Mechanical Engineering[Mach.]a prescribed difference in dimensions of two closely fitting mating parts with regard to minimum clearance or maximum interference. Cf. tolerance (def. 6a).
- Currency[Coining.]tolerance (def. 7).
- to take mitigating factors or circumstances into consideration.
- to pardon;
- to reserve time, money, etc.;
allow for:Make allowance for souvenirs on the return trip.
- to place on a fixed allowance, as of food or drink.
- to allocate (supplies, rations, etc.) in fixed or regular amounts.
- Middle French. See allow, -ance
- Middle English alouance 1350–1400