What does allowance mean?

Definitions for allowance
əˈlaʊ ənsal·lowance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. allowancenoun

    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. allowancenoun

    a sum granted as reimbursement for expenses

  3. allowance, adjustmentnoun

    an amount added or deducted on the basis of qualifying circumstances

    "an allowance for profit"

  4. allowance, leeway, margin, tolerancenoun

    a permissible difference; allowing some freedom to move within limits

  5. valuation reserve, valuation account, allowance, allowance accountnoun

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

  6. allowanceverb

    the act of allowing

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

  7. allowanceverb

    put on a fixed allowance, as of food

Wiktionary

  1. allowancenoun

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

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

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

  2. allowancenoun

    Acknowledgment.

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

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

  3. allowancenoun

    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.

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

  4. allowancenoun

    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.

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

  5. allowancenoun

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

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

  6. allowancenoun

    A child's allowance; pocket money.

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

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

  7. allowanceverb

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Allowancenoun

    approval; approbation

    Etymology: [See Allowance, n.]

  2. Allowancenoun

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

    Etymology: [See Allowance, n.]

  3. Allowancenoun

    acknowledgment

    Etymology: [See Allowance, n.]

  4. Allowancenoun

    license; indulgence

    Etymology: [See Allowance, n.]

  5. Allowancenoun

    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

    Etymology: [See Allowance, n.]

  6. Allowancenoun

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

    Etymology: [See Allowance, n.]

  7. Allowancenoun

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

    Etymology: [See Allowance, n.]

  8. Allowancenoun

    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

    Etymology: [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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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. 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.

  2. Henry David Thoreau:

    The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time.

  3. Rudyard Kipling:

    If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too . . . If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same . . . Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it.

  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. 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.

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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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