allowance allowance  /ə ˈlaʊ əns/


  1. (n) an amount allowed or granted (as during a given period)
  2. (n) a sum granted as reimbursement for expenses
  3. (n) an amount added or deducted on the basis of qualifying circumstances
  4. (n) a permissible difference; allowing some freedom to move within limits
  5. (n) a reserve fund created by a charge against profits in order to provide for changes in the value of a company's assets
  6. (n) the act of allowing
  7. (v) put on a fixed allowance, as of food


  1. Nothing is more sacred to many Congressmen than the depletion allowance.
  2. It would pay a $180 monthly allowance to food-stamp-eligible soldiers.
  3. Air samples exceed the maximum allowance for both copper and nickel, and mortality from respiratory diseases is much higher than in Russia as a whole.


  1. Coffee Break: Bolstering the state unemployment trust fund ends child allowance

    Ending child allowance will save businesses $40m per year.
    on June 22, 2013     Source: Memphis Commercial Appeal

  2. Hastings: Terlani should get right pace in Sunday allowance

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Terlani will have ample speed to set up her good late move Sunday, when she goes as the likely favorite in an allowance race for fillies and mares at Hastings.
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Daily Racing Form

  3. MyMedicalRecords Gets Notice of Allowance for Online Prescription Patent

    MMRGlobal, Inc. , through its wholly owned subsidiary MyMedicalRecords, Inc. , today announced that it has received a Notice of Allowance from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for U.S. Patent ...
    on June 20, 2013     Source: Marketwired via Yahoo! Finance


  1. Democrats "should not treat our men and women in uniform like they are children who are getting a monthly allowance," said Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, his party's leader.
    on May 8, 2007 By: John Boehner Source: San Francisco Chronicle

  2. "You leave it up to the states to say you can't have an income level over 300 percent (of poverty), but you can deduct $20,000 for a housing allowance or you can deduct $15,000 for shelter or whatever," said Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas. "So,...
    on Oct 29, 2007 By: Joe Barton Source: Forbes

  3. "It's a good thing my dear old mum and pup are no longer alive. They'd cut off my allowance," Christopher Buckley writes.
    on Oct 10, 2008 By: Christopher Buckley Source: Washington Post

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