Definition of Allowance in English :

Define Allowance in English

Allowance meaning in English

Meaning of Allowance in English

Pronunciation of Allowance in English

Allowance pronunciation in English

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see synonyms of allowance


1. allowance

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

Example Sentences:
'travel allowance'
'my weekly allowance of two eggs'
'a child's allowance should not be too generous'

2. allowance

a sum granted as reimbursement for expenses

3. adjustment, allowance

an amount added or deducted on the basis of qualifying circumstances

Example Sentences:
'an allowance for profit'

4. allowance, leeway, margin, tolerance

a permissible difference; allowing some freedom to move within limits

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

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

the act of allowing

Example Sentences:
'He objected to the allowance of smoking in the dining room'


7. allowance

put on a fixed allowance, as of food

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of allowance
an amount of something, esp money or food, given or allotted usually at regular intervals
a discount, as in consideration for something given in part exchange or to increase business; rebate
(in Britain) an amount of a person's income that is not subject to a particular tax and is therefore deducted before his or her liability to taxation is assessed
a portion set aside to compensate for something or to cover special expenses
5. British education
a salary supplement given to a teacher who is appointed to undertake extra duties and responsibilities
admission; concession
the act of allowing; sanction; toleration
something allowed
9.  make allowances
10. (transitive)
to supply (something) in limited amounts

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see synonyms of allowance
the act of allowing, permitting, admitting, etc.
the allowance of a claim
something allowed as a share; specif., an amount of money, food, etc. given regularly to a child, dependent, etc. or to military personnel for a specific purpose
travel allowance
a reduction in the price of something in consideration of a large order or of turning in a used article, etc.
the amount by which something is allowed to be more or less than stated, as to compensate for the weight of the container, inaccuracy of machining, etc.
verb transitiveWord forms: alˈlowanced or alˈlowancing
to put on an allowance or a ration
to apportion economically
designating a horse race in which the weight each horse must carry is set by a formula tied to the horse's past performance and earnings

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of allowance
1. The act of allowing.
2. An amount that is allowed or granted: consumed my weekly allowance of two eggs.
3. Something, such as money, given at regular intervals or for a specific purpose: a travel allowance that covers hotel bills.
4. A small amount of money regularly given to a child, often as payment for household chores.
5. A price reduction, especially one granted in exchange for used merchandise: The dealer gave us an allowance on our old car.
tr.v. al·low·anced, al·low·anc·ing, al·low·anc·es
1. To put on a fixed allowance: cut expenses by strictly allowancing the sales representatives.
2. To dispense in fixed quantities; ration.

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