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Meaning of ALLOWANCE

Pronunciation:  u'lawuns

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of allowing; "He objected to the allowance of smoking in the diningroom"
  2. [n]  a permissible difference; allowing freedom to move within limits
  3. [n]  an amount added or deducted on the basis of qualifying circumstances; "an allowance for profit"
  4. [n]  an amount allowed or granted (as during a given period); "travel allowance"; "my weekly allowance of two eggs"; "a child's allowance should not be too generous"
  5. [n]  a sum granted as reimbursement for expenses
  6. [n]  a reserve fund created by a charge against profits in order to provide for changes in the value of a company's assets
  7. [v]  put on a fixed allowance, as of food

ALLOWANCE is a 9 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: adjustment, allowance account, leeway, margin, tolerance, valuation account, valuation reserve
 See Also: allow, cost-of-living allowance, deduction, depreciation allowance, disagreement, discount, discrepancy, divergence, grant, license, part, percentage, permission, permit, portion, privy purse, recompense, reimbursement, reserve account, reserve fund, seasonal adjustment, share, tolerance, travel allowance, variance



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Al*low"ance\, n. [OF. alouance.]
    1. Approval; approbation. [Obs.] --Crabbe.
    2. The act of allowing, granting, conceding, or admitting;
       authorization; permission; sanction; tolerance.
             Without the king's will or the state's allowance.
    3. Acknowledgment.
             The censure of the which one must in your allowance
             o'erweigh a whole theater of others.  --Shak.
    4. License; indulgence. [Obs.] --Locke.
    5. That which is allowed; a share or portion allotted or
       granted; a sum granted as a reimbursement, a bounty, or as
       appropriate for any purpose; a stated quantity, as of food
       or drink; hence, a limited quantity of meat and drink,
       when provisions fall short.
             I can give the boy a handsome allowance.
    6. Abatement; deduction; the taking into account of
       mitigating circumstances; as, to make allowance for the
       inexperience of youth.
             After making the largest allowance for fraud.
    7. (com.) A customary deduction from the gross weight of
       goods, different in different countries, such as tare and
  2. \Al*low"ance\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Allowancing}.]
    [See {Allowance}, n.]
    To put upon a fixed allowance (esp. of provisions and drink);
    to supply in a fixed and limited quantity; as, the captain
    was obliged to allowance his crew; our provisions were
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