1. The act of allowing.
2. An amount that is allowed or granted: consumed my weekly allowance of two eggs.
3. Something, such as money, given at regular intervals or for a specific purpose: a travel allowance that covers hotel bills.
4. A small amount of money regularly given to a child, often as payment for household chores.
5. A price reduction, especially one granted in exchange for used merchandise: The dealer gave us an allowance on our old car.
tr.v. al·low·anced, al·low·anc·ing, al·low·anc·esIdiom:
1. To put on a fixed allowance: cut expenses by strictly allowancing the sales representatives.
2. To dispense in fixed quantities; ration.
make allowance/allowances for
1. To take into consideration when planning something.
2. To make excuses for or treat with leniency.
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