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The Definition of - allowance (verb)

    noun
    1.
    the act of allowing.
    2.
    an amount or share allotted or granted.
    3.
    a sum of money allotted or granted for a particular purpose, as for expenses:
    Her allowance for the business trip was $200.
    4.
    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.
    5.
    an addition or deduction based on an extenuating or qualifying circumstance:
    an allowance for profit; an allowance for depreciation.
    6.
    acknowledgment; concession:
    the allowance of a claim.
    7.
    sanction; tolerance:
    the allowance of slavery.
    8.
    Machinery. a prescribed difference in dimensions of two closely fitting mating parts with regard to minimum clearance or maximum interference.
    Compare tolerance (def 6a).
    9.
    Coining. tolerance (def 7).
    verb (used with object), allowanced, allowancing.
    10.
    to place on a fixed allowance, as of food or drink.
    11.
    to allocate (supplies, rations, etc.) in fixed or regular amounts.
    Idioms
    12.
    make allowance / allowances (for),
    1. to take mitigating factors or circumstances into consideration.
    2. to pardon; excuse.
    3. to reserve time, money, etc.; allow for:
      Make allowance for souvenirs on the return trip.

Word Example of - allowance

    Example Sentences for allowance

    Allowance should be made for this illusion in comparing fruit with illustration.

    A pan of four loaves was the daily allowance for sixteen men.

    He had an allowance from his mother of three thousand a year.

    Mlle. Galet, whom, according to your orders, I supplied with her quarter's allowance.

    This often proceeds from too large a portion of flour, and too small an allowance of butter and eggs.

    They went in and out as they pleased, and had a weekly allowance of money.

    Their allowance afterwards was for each man a cocoa nut and an ear of Indian corn at noon, and the same at night.

    Besides quarterage, there was an allowance for travelling and table expenses.

    The allowance to the widow takes priority over all other claims against the estate, and should be paid immediately.

    They had had a long argument with Ambrosch about Antonia's allowance for clothes and pocket-money.

Word Origin & History of - allowance

    Word Origin & History of - allowance

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