(noun, verb)


1. 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

Definition categories: possession, part, percentage, portion, share

2. a sum granted as reimbursement for expenses

Definition categories: possession, reimbursement

3. an amount added or deducted on the basis of qualifying circumstances

- an allowance for profit

Similar word(s): adjustment

Definition categories: possession, recompense

4. a permissible difference; allowing some freedom to move within limits

Similar word(s): leeway, margin, tolerance

Definition categories: attribute, disagreement, discrepancy, divergence, variance

5. a reserve fund created by a charge against profits in order to provide for changes in the value of a company's assets

Definition categories: possession

6. the act of allowing

- He objected to the allowance of smoking in the dining room

Definition categories: act, license, permission, permit

Sentences with allowance as a noun:

- She gives her daughters each an allowance of thirty dollars a month.


1. put on a fixed allowance, as of food

Definition categories: possession, allow, grant

Sentences with allowance as a verb:

- The captain was obliged to allowance his crew.

- Our provisions were allowanced.