allowance
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /əˈlaʊəns/
Noun

allowance

  1. permission; granting, conceding, or admitting
    • 1613, William Shakespeare; [John Fletcher], “The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eight”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene ii]:
      you sent a large commission to Gregory de Cassado, to conclude, without the King's will or the state's allowance
  2. Acknowledgment.
    • c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene ii]:
      The censure of the which one must in your allowance overweigh a whole theater of others.
  3. That which is allowed; a share or portion allotted or granted; a sum granted as a reimbursement, a bounty, or as appropriate for any purpose; a stated quantity
    her meagre allowance of food or drink
    • 1848, William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair
      Some persons averred that Sir Pitt Crawley gave his brother a handsome allowance.
  4. Abatement; deduction; the taking into account of mitigating circumstances
    to make allowance for his naivety
    • 1848, Thomas Babington Macaulay, The History of England from the Accession of James II
      After making the largest allowance for fraud.
  5. (commerce) A customary deduction from the gross weight of goods, different in different countries
    Tare and tret are examples of allowance.
  6. A child's allowance; pocket money.
    She gives her daughters each an allowance of thirty dollars a month.
  7. (minting) A permissible deviation in the fineness and weight of coins, owing to the difficulty in securing exact conformity to the standard prescribed by law.
  8. (obsolete) approval; approbation
  9. (obsolete) license; indulgence
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • Russian: приня́тие
Translations Translations Translations Verb

allowance (allowances, present participle allowancing; past and past participle allowanced)

  1. (transitive) To put upon a fixed allowance (especially of provisions and drink).
    The captain was obliged to allowance his crew.
  2. (transitive) To supply in a fixed and limited quantity.
    Our provisions were allowanced.



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