Definition of allowance noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    allowance

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//əˈlaʊəns//
     
     
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  1. 1 an amount of money that is given to someone regularly or for a particular purpose an allowance of $20 a day a clothing/living/travel allowance Do you get an allowance for clothing?
  2. 2 the amount of something that is allowed in a particular situation a baggage allowance of 50 pounds Roman soldiers received a salt allowance, called salarium, the origin of the word salary.
  3. 3 a small amount of money that parents give their children, usually every week or every month
  4. Idioms
    make allowance(s) for something
     
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    to consider something, for example when you are making a decision or planning something The budget made allowances for inflation. The plan makes no allowance for people working at different rates.
    make allowances (for somebody)
     
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    to allow someone to behave in a way that you would not usually accept, because of a problem or because there is a special reason You have to make allowances for him because he's tired.
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