Definitions for Allowanceəˈlaʊ əns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

al•low•anceəˈlaʊ əns(n.; v.)-anced, -anc•ing.

  1. (n.)the act of allowing.

  2. an amount or share allotted or granted:

    a dietary allowance of 900 calories a day.

  3. a sum of money allotted for a particular purpose.

  4. a sum of money allotted on a regular basis, as for personal or living expenses.

  5. an additional sum allotted for specific circumstances:

    an allowance for depreciation.

  6. acknowledgment; concession.

  7. tolerance.

  8. (v.t.)to place on a fixed allowance, as of food.

Idioms for allowance:

  1. make allowance(s) for, to excuse, taking mitigating factors into consideration. to allow for. to reserve time, money, etc., for.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of allowance:

1350–1400; < MF

Princeton's WordNet

  1. allowance(noun)

    an amount allowed or granted (as during a given period)

    "travel allowance"; "my weekly allowance of two eggs"; "a child's allowance should not be too generous"

  2. allowance(noun)

    a sum granted as reimbursement for expenses

  3. allowance, adjustment(noun)

    an amount added or deducted on the basis of qualifying circumstances

    "an allowance for profit"

  4. allowance, leeway, margin, tolerance(noun)

    a permissible difference; allowing some freedom to move within limits

  5. valuation reserve, valuation account, allowance, allowance account(noun)

    a reserve fund created by a charge against profits in order to provide for changes in the value of a company's assets

  6. allowance(verb)

    the act of allowing

    "He objected to the allowance of smoking in the dining room"

  7. allowance(verb)

    put on a fixed allowance, as of food

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. allowance(noun)əˈlaʊ əns

    money obtained without working

    our daughter's weekly allowance

  2. allowanceəˈlaʊ əns

    money for a special purpose

    a travel allowance

Wiktionary

  1. allowance(Noun)

    The act of allowing, granting, conceding, or admitting; authorization; permission; sanction; tolerance.

    Without the king's will or the state's allowance. --William Shakespeare

  2. allowance(Noun)

    Acknowledgment.

    The censure of the which one must in your allowance overweigh a whole theater of others. --William Shakespeare

  3. allowance(Noun)

    That which is allowed; a share or portion allotted or granted; a sum granted as a reimbursement, a bounty, or as appropriate for any purpose; a stated quantity, as of food or drink; hence, a limited quantity of meat and drink, when provisions fall short.

    I can give the boy a handsome allowance. -- William Makepeace Thackeray.

  4. allowance(Noun)

    Abatement; deduction; the taking into account of mitigating circumstances; as, to make allowance for the inexperience of youth.

    After making the largest allowance for fraud. -- Thomas Babington Macaulay.

  5. allowance(Noun)

    A customary deduction from the gross weight of goods, different in different countries, such as tare and tret.

  6. allowance(Noun)

    A child's allowance; pocket money.

    She gives her daughters each an allowance of thirty dollars a month.

  7. allowance(Verb)

    To put upon a fixed allowance (especially of provisions and drink); to supply in a fixed and limited quantity.

  8. Origin: alouance (Modern French allouance, see also the verb allouer).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Allowance(noun)

    approval; approbation

  2. Allowance(noun)

    the act of allowing, granting, conceding, or admitting; authorization; permission; sanction; tolerance

  3. Allowance(noun)

    acknowledgment

  4. Allowance(noun)

    license; indulgence

  5. Allowance(noun)

    that which is allowed; a share or portion allotted or granted; a sum granted as a reimbursement, a bounty, or as appropriate for any purpose; a stated quantity, as of food or drink; hence, a limited quantity of meat and drink, when provisions fall short

  6. Allowance(noun)

    abatement; deduction; the taking into account of mitigating circumstances; as, to make allowance for the inexperience of youth

  7. Allowance(noun)

    a customary deduction from the gross weight of goods, different in different countries, such as tare and tret

  8. Allowance(noun)

    to put upon a fixed allowance (esp. of provisions and drink); to supply in a fixed and limited quantity; as, the captain was obliged to allowance his crew; our provisions were allowanced

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Allowance' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4479

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Allowance' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2722

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Allowance' in Nouns Frequency: #1272


Translations for Allowance

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

allowance(noun)

a fixed sum or quantity given regularly

His father made him an allowance of $20 a month.

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