[ US /əˈɫaʊəns/ ]
[ UK /ɐlˈa‍ʊəns/ ]
  1. the act of allowing
    He objected to the allowance of smoking in the dining room
  2. a permissible difference; allowing some freedom to move within limits
  3. a sum granted as reimbursement for expenses
  4. an amount added or deducted on the basis of qualifying circumstances
    an allowance for profit
  5. 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
  6. a reserve fund created by a charge against profits in order to provide for changes in the value of a company's assets
  1. put on a fixed allowance, as of food
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How To Use allowance In A Sentence

  • The huge amounts that this would bring in would allow the personal allowance to be raised by a couple of thousand, helping those on low and medium incomes.
  • I'd like see them cope on jobseeker's allowance. The Sun
  • We were giving out allowances and we always give it to them in change, so they can take their offering to church.
  • I believe it is unfair to penalise parents who miss the payment of this allowance due to this.
  • If you have more than the duty-free allowance or prohibited goods, you go through the red channel and declare them to a customs officer.
  • The scheme requires about 5,000 large organisations to report annually on their energy use and to buy carbon allowances in line with their carbon footprints. Computing
  • It has been frequently asked if the existing and accepted formula for determining in advance the amount of refined sugar that may be extracted from either beets, _masse cuite_ or raw sugar, is to be considered exact, without special allowance being made for raffinose. Scientific American Supplement, No. 832, December 12, 1891
  • It will analyze and graph your daily intake and compare it with the recommended dietary allowances set by the government.
  • Social programs cover old age, invalidism, death, sickness and maternity, work injury, unemployment, and allowances per child.
  • Bankrolled by an allowance from a rich uncle, she finds all of those as she takes small acting roles and moves from cafés and nightclubs in Montparnasse to a villa near Biarritz. 2009 December 07 « One-Minute Book Reviews
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