- n an amount allowed or granted (as during a given period)
my weekly allowance of two eggs
a child's allowance should not be too generous
- n a sum granted as reimbursement for expenses
- n an amount added or deducted on the basis of qualifying circumstances
an allowance for profit
- n a permissible difference; allowing some freedom to move within limits
- n a reserve fund created by a charge against profits in order to provide for changes in the value of a company's assets
- n the act of allowing
He objected to the allowance of smoking in the dining room
- v put on a fixed allowance, as of food
- Nothing is more sacred to many Congressmen than the depletion allowance.
- It would pay a $180 monthly allowance to food-stamp-eligible soldiers.
- 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.
- John Boehner in San Francisco Chronicle
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.
- Joe Barton in Forbes
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,...
- Christopher Buckley in Washington Post
It's a good thing my dear old mum and pup are no longer alive. They'd cut off my allowance,Christopher Buckley writes.