allowance

[[t]əla͟ʊəns[/t]]
allowances
1) N-COUNT: usu with supp, oft N of amount An allowance is money that is given to someone, usually on a regular basis, in order to help them pay for the things that they need.

He lives on a single parent's allowance of ₤70 a week...

She gets an allowance for looking after Lillian.

2) N-COUNT: usu poss N A child's allowance is money that is given to him or her every week or every month by his or her parents. [mainly AM]
(in BRIT, use pocket money)
3) N-COUNT: usu with supp Your tax allowance is the amount of money that you are allowed to earn before you have to start paying income tax. [BRIT]

...those earning less than the basic tax allowance.

(in AM, use personal exemption)
4) N-COUNT: with supp A particular type of allowance is an amount of something that you are allowed in particular circumstances.

Most of our flights have a baggage allowance of 44lbs per passenger.

5) PHRASE: V and N inflect, oft PHR for n If you make allowances for something, you take it into account in your decisions, plans, or actions.

They'll make allowances for the fact it's affecting our performance...

The raw exam results make no allowance for social background.

6) PHRASE: V inflects, oft PHR for n If you make allowances for someone, you accept behaviour which you would not normally accept or deal with them less severely than you would normally, because of a problem that they have.

He's tired so I'll make allowances for him.


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  • allowance — (n.) late 14c., praise (a sense now obsolete), from O.Fr. aloance allowance, granting, allocation, from alouer (see ALLOW (Cf. allow)). Sense of a sum alloted to meet expenses is from c.1400. In accounts, meaning a sum placed to one s credit is… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • Allowance — (engl., spr. ällaūens, »Erlaubnis«), s. Armenwesen (Abschnitt »England«) …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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