When you're a kid, you might earn an allowance or a sum of money in exchange for doing chores around the house. Your parents' allowance — or tolerance — of your silly behavior will depend on how strict they are.

An allowance is a quantity of something that's allowed or permitted within a set of rules or for a particular purpose. This could be a weekly allowance you earn as a kid, or it could be the allowance for passengers on a flight to have two carry-on items. To make allowances for someone means to treat someone leniently, or to give them a break.

Definitions of allowance

n the act of allowing

“He objected to the allowance of smoking in the dining room”
the act of tolerating something
lenience, leniency
lightening a penalty or excusing from a chore by judges or parents or teachers
Type of:
licence, license, permission, permit
the act of giving a formal (usually written) authorization

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”
privy purse
allowance for a monarch's personal expenses
Type of:
part, percentage, portion, share
assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group

n a sum granted as reimbursement for expenses

per diem
a daily allowance for living expenses (especially while traveling in connection with your job)
travel allowance, travel reimbursement
a sum allowed for travel
a travel allowance at a given rate per mile traveled
Type of:
compensation paid (to someone) for damages or losses or money already spent etc.

n an amount added or deducted on the basis of qualifying circumstances

“an allowance for profit”
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cost-of-living allowance
an allowance for changes in the consumer price index
depreciation allowance
an allowance for loss due to depreciation
deduction, discount
an amount or percentage deducted
seasonal adjustment
a statistical adjustment made to accommodate predictable fluctuations as a function of the season of the year
an adjustment made for the weight of the packaging in order to determine the net weight of the goods
trade discount
a discount from the list price of a commodity allowed by a manufacturer or wholesaler to a merchant
Type of:
payment or reward (as for service rendered)

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

allowance account, valuation account, valuation reserve
Type of:
reserve account, reserve fund
funds taken out of earnings to provide for anticipated future payments

n a permissible difference; allowing some freedom to move within limits

leeway, margin, tolerance
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disagreement, discrepancy, divergence, variance
a difference between conflicting facts or claims or opinions

v put on a fixed allowance, as of food

Type of:
allow, grant
let have

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