Meaning of ALLOWANCE in English


I. ə-ˈlau̇-ən(t)s noun

Date: 14th century


a. : a share or portion allotted or granted

b. : a sum granted as a reimbursement or bounty or for expenses

salary includes cost-of-living allowance

especially : a sum regularly provided for personal or household expenses

each child has an 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 : permission

5. : a taking into account of mitigating circumstances or contingencies

the plan makes no allowance for bad weather

II. transitive verb

( -anced ; -anc·ing )

Date: 1758

1. archaic : to put on a fixed allowance (as of food and drink)

2. archaic : to supply in a fixed or regular quantity

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.