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Definition of "allowance" []

  • The act of allowing. (noun)
  • An amount that is allowed or granted: consumed my weekly allowance of two eggs. (noun)
  • Something, such as money, given at regular intervals or for a specific purpose: a travel allowance that covers hotel bills. (noun)
  • A price reduction, especially one granted in exchange for used merchandise: The dealer gave us an allowance on our old car. (noun)
  • A consideration for possibilities or modifying circumstances: an allowance for breakage; made allowances for rush-hour traffic in estimating travel time. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "allowance" in a sentence
  • "II. i.49 (398,4) Of very expert and approv'd allowance] I read, _Very expert, and of approv'd allowance_."
  • "I volunteer for every shift available, the allowance is better than nothing."
  • "The allowance is part of a Medicaid waiver program designed to help the severely disabled live independently."