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Definition of 'allowance'

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  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"
       Synonyms: adjustment
  4. a permissible difference; allowing some freedom to move within limits
       Synonyms: 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
       Synonyms: valuation reserve valuation account allowance account
  6. the act of allowing; "He objected to the allowance of smoking in the dining room"


  1. put on a fixed allowance, as of food

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