Meaning of allowance
Pronunciation: (u-lou'uns), [key]
— 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.
- acknowledgment; concession: the allowance of a claim.
- sanction; tolerance: the allowance of slavery.
- a prescribed difference in dimensions of two closely fitting mating parts with regard to minimum clearance or maximum interference. Cf. tolerance (def. 6a).
- tolerance (def. 7).
- Make allowance for souvenirs on the return trip.
- to take mitigating factors or circumstances into consideration.
- to pardon; excuse.
- 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.
- allowance (Thesaurus)