allowance /əˈlaʊəns/


I. noun

1. the amount of something that is permitted, especially within a set of regulations or for a specified purpose

your baggage allowance.
(Brit.) an amount of money that can be earned or received free of tax

a personal allowance.
[Horse Racing] a deduction in the weight that a horse is required to carry in a race.
4. a sum of money paid regularly to a person to meet needs or expenses

the elderly receive a heating allowance every winter.
(chiefly N. Amer.) a small amount of money given regularly to a child by its parents.
6. [ mass noun]
‹archaic› tolerance

the allowance of slavery in the South.
II. verb [with obj.]

‹archaic› give (someone) a sum of money as an allowance.

I have made up my mind to allowance him.
III. phrases

make allowance(s) for
a. take into consideration when planning something.

the council has made no allowances for inflation.
b. treat leniently on account of mitigating circumstances.

she liked them and made allowances for their faults.
– origin late Middle English: from Old French alouance, from alouer (see allow).

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