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
  1. noun
    the act of allowing
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    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
  2. noun
    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”
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    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
  3. noun
    a sum granted as reimbursement for expenses
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    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.
  4. noun
    an amount added or deducted on the basis of qualifying circumstances
    “an allowance for profit”
    synonyms: adjustment
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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)
  5. noun
    a reserve fund created by a charge against profits in order to provide for changes in the value of a company's assets
    synonyms: allowance account, valuation account, valuation reserve
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    type of:
    reserve account, reserve fund
    funds taken out of earnings to provide for anticipated future payments
  6. noun
    a permissible difference; allowing some freedom to move within limits
    synonyms: leeway, margin, tolerance
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    type of:
    disagreement, discrepancy, divergence, variance
    a difference between conflicting facts or claims or opinions
  7. verb
    put on a fixed allowance, as of food
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    type of:
    allow, grant
    let have
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