allowance

noun
al·​low·​ance | \ ə-ˈlau̇-ən(t)s How to pronounce allowance (audio) \

Definition of allowance

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a share or portion allotted or granted
b : a sum granted as a reimbursement or bounty or for expenses a salary that includes a cost-of-living allowance especially : a sum regularly provided for personal or household expenses Each child receives a weekly allowance.
c : a fixed or available amount provide an allowance of time for recreation
d : a reduction from a list price or stated price a trade-in allowance
2 : an imposed handicap (as in a horse race)
3 : an allowed dimensional difference between mating parts of a machine
4 : the act of allowing something : permission
5 : the act of regarding bad behavior or a mistake as less serious or bad because of some special circumstance Some allowance should be made for her inexperience. The plan makes no allowance for bad weather.

allowance

verb
allowanced; allowancing

Definition of allowance (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 archaic : to put on a fixed allowance (as of food and drink)
2 archaic : to supply in a fixed or regular quantity

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Synonyms for allowance

Synonyms: Noun

allotment, cut, end, part, piece, portion, proportion, quota, share, slice, take

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Examples of allowance in a Sentence

Noun

a monthly allowance for household expenses Each of their children gets a weekly allowance of five dollars. the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C the tax allowance for married couples They performed poorly, but allowances should be made for their inexperience.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In Santee, members of the City Council nixed several suggestions made by its Salary Setting Advisory Committee to hike their pay and increase their automotive allowance. San Diego Union-Tribune, "El Cajon council getting a raise; Santee opts to study the issue," 3 July 2019 There’s no question that Behind The Scars is worthy of that allowance. Samantha Lauriello, Health.com, "The ‘Behind the Scars’ Photo Series Was Banned From Facebook, Highlighting a Deep Need for Body Acceptance Online," 18 June 2019 My allowance came to include money for school clothes (never enough, in my view). Laura Hazard Owen, BostonGlobe.com, "When can kids learn to manage money? She learned at age 9 and now she’s teaching her own daughter," 12 June 2019 Director of Libraries, Jason Neely, was inspired to start this program when his son saved up his allowance to buy a ukulele. courant.com, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 12 June 2019 One idea: Assign some basic responsibilities as unpaid (e.g., making your bed) and others as paid (mowing the lawn), so kids can earn part of their allowance. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Where Do You Stand on the Toughest Parenting Questions?," 24 July 2018 Greeley told a Twitter fan that his daughter loves visiting their local SPCA and has donated $62 of her allowance to the organization. Fox News, "Dad gets puppy for daughter at J.K. Rowling's endorsement," 27 Mar. 2018 Like the allowances for widows in 2014, many of the changes did nothing to protect the thousands of homeowners who already had paid millions to the lenders who wrote their loans. USA Today, "Seniors were sold a risk-free retirement with reverse mortgages. Now they face foreclosure.," 12 June 2019 Senate Bill 1558, which passed with bipartisan support during last-minute budget negotiations last month, would have increased the daily allowance for rural lawmakers to about $185 a day. Maria Polletta, azcentral, "Ducey slaps down lawmakers' effort to triple daily allowances," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of allowance

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1758, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for allowance

Noun

see allow

Verb

see allow

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The first known use of allowance was in the 14th century

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allowance

noun

English Language Learners Definition of allowance

: an amount of money that is given to someone regularly or for a specific purpose
chiefly US : a small amount of money that is regularly given to children by their parents
: an amount of something (such as time) that is allowed or available

allowance

noun
al·​low·​ance | \ ə-ˈlau̇-əns How to pronounce allowance (audio) \

Kids Definition of allowance

1 : an amount of money given regularly for a specific purpose He earns his weekly allowance.
2 : a share given out an allowance of time
3 : the act of considering things that could affect a result

allowance

noun
al·​low·​ance | \ ə-ˈlau̇-əns How to pronounce allowance (audio) \

Legal Definition of allowance

1 : an allotted share: as
a : a sum granted as a reimbursement or payment for expenses an allowance to support the deceased's family deduction for a moving allowance
b : a sum granted as a reduction or increase an allowance for depreciation
2 : an act of allowing allowance of a deduction

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