What does allowance mean?

Definitions for allowance
əˈlaʊ ənsal·lowance

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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

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

  9. Origin: [See Allowance, n.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. allowance

    The ration or allotted quantum of provisions which each individual receives; and it is either double, full, two-thirds, half, or short, according to incidents.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. allowance

    A sum paid periodically for services rendered. The French use the word traitment in this sense. The allowances of an officer are distinct from his pay proper, and are applicable to a variety of circumstances.

Editors Contribution

  1. allowance

    A specific amount of money allocated for a specific purpose.

    The au pair had an allowance paid for their services as detailed in their agreement.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 30, 2020  
  2. allowance

    To allow or authorize.

    Their daily travel allowance was approved by Human Resources for the business.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 7, 2020  

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

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How to say allowance in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of allowance in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of allowance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of allowance in a Sentence

  1. Chief Tim Phillips:

    Most kids his age, they’re saving their allowance to buy video games or something to play with. But for him to save up to buy snacks and pizza for us, that was just really awesome.

  2. Jacqui Esparza:

    First thing was we can get almost all the bills paid, but what are we going to do about rent, because our rent comes from my husband's pay, which includes housing allowance, without that we can't afford the Seattle area.

  3. Sandra Wells:

    I doubt every single view is buying a toy, but it influences what they want for Christmas and birthdays, and if they get (an) allowance.

  4. Barry Werber:

    Can it happen again ? Unfortunately, it can if the wrongness continues to grow, and the allowance by any leadership allows it to grow, there are always people out there willing to jump on bandwagons of hate and that's exactly what it is.

  5. Sonya Savage:

    The special allowance program will protect the value of our oil by ensuring that operators are only producing what they are able to move to market.

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Translations for allowance

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  • بدلArabic
  • отстъпка, разрешение, признаване, вземане предвид, позволение, допусканеBulgarian
  • ErlaubnisGerman
  • toleranciaSpanish
  • کمک هزینهPersian
  • annos, salliminen, määräraha, varaus, päivärahaFinnish
  • pension alimentaireFrench
  • cuibhreannScottish Gaelic
  • razione, permesso, concessione, attenuante, delibera, sgravioItalian
  • קצבהHebrew
  • 給与, こずかいJapanese
  • toestemmingDutch
  • ଅନୁମତିOriya
  • kieszonkowePolish
  • abonoPortuguese
  • ски́дка, посо́бие, разреше́ние, допуще́ние, приня́тие, приня́тие во внима́ние, льго́та, позволе́ние, попра́вка, до́пуск, призна́ниеRussian
  • tillåtelseSwedish
  • கொடுப்பனவுTamil
  • الاؤنسUrdu
  • 津贴Chinese

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