1. Approval; approbation. [Obs.]
2. The act of allowing, granting, conceding, or admitting; authorization; permission; sanction; tolerance.
Without the king's will or the state's allowance. --Shak.
The censure of the which one must in your allowance o'erweigh a whole theater of others. --Shak.
4. License; indulgence. [Obs.]
5. 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, as of food or drink; hence, a limited quantity of meat and drink, when provisions fall short.
I can give the boy a handsome allowance. --Thackeray.
6. Abatement; deduction; the taking into account of mitigating circumstances; as, to make allowance for the inexperience of youth.
After making the largest allowance for fraud. --Macaulay.
7. com. A customary deduction from the gross weight of goods, different in different countries, such as tare and tret.
Al·low·ance, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Allowancing ] To put upon a fixed allowance (esp. of provisions and drink); to supply in a fixed and limited quantity; as, the captain was obliged to allowance his crew; our provisions were allowanced.
n 1: 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"
2: a sum granted as reimbursement for expenses
3: an amount added or deducted on the basis of qualifying
circumstances; "an allowance for profit" [syn: adjustment]
4: a permissible difference; allowing some freedom to move
within limits [syn: leeway, margin, tolerance]
5: a reserve fund created by a charge against profits in order
to provide for changes in the value of a company's assets
[syn: valuation reserve, valuation account, allowance
6: the act of allowing; "He objected to the allowance of
smoking in the diningroom"
v : put on a fixed allowance, as of food