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  • n  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
  • 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.
News & Articles


  • 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.

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