Verb allowance Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:

To put upon a fixed allowance (especially of provisions and drink); to supply in a fixed and limited quantity.

More definition:

1.the act of allowing. amount or share allotted or granted.

3.a sum of money allotted or granted for a particular purpose, as for expenses, Her allowance for the business trip was $200.

4.a sum of money allotted or granted to a person on a regular basis, as for personal or general living expenses, The art student lived on an allowance of $300 a month. When I was in first grade, my parents gave me an allowance of 50 cents a week. addition or deduction based on an extenuating or qualifying circumstance, an allowance for profit; an allowance for depreciation.

6.acknowledgment; concession, the allowance of a claim.

7.sanction; tolerance, the allowance of slavery.

8.Machinery. a prescribed difference in dimensions of two closely fitting mating parts with regard to minimum clearance or maximum interference. Compare tolerance (def 6a).

9.Coining. tolerance (def 7). place on a fixed allowance, as of food or drink. 1 allocate (supplies, rations, etc.) in fixed or regular amounts.

2.make allowance / allowances (for), to take mitigating factors or circumstances into consideration. to pardon; excuse. to reserve time, money, etc.; allow for, Make allowance for souvenirs on the return trip.

1. an amount of something, esp money or food, given or allotted usually at regular intervals

2. a discount, as in consideration for something given in part exchange or to increase business; rebate

3. (in Britain) an amount of a person's income that is not subject to a particular tax and is therefore deducted before his or her liability to taxation is assessed

4. a portion set aside to compensate for something or to cover special expenses

5. (Brit, education) a salary supplement given to a teacher who is appointed to undertake extra duties and responsibilities

6. admission; concession

7. the act of allowing; sanction; toleration

8. something allowed

9. (usually foll by for) make allowances, make allowance to take mitigating circumstances into account in consideration (of) to allow (for)verb

10. (transitive) to supply (something) in limited amounts Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
late 14c., "praise" (a sense now obsolete), from Old French aloance "allowance, granting, allocation," from alouer (see allow). Sense of "a sum alloted to meet expenses" is from c.1400. In accounts, meaning "a sum placed to one's credit" is attested from 1520s. To make allowances is literally to add or deduct a sum from someone's account for some special circumstance. Figurative use of the phrase is attested from 1670s.
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We agreed on an allowance figure and she began working in earnest.

From the emoluments of a profession he " might have derived an ample fortune, or a competent income instead of being stinted to the same narrow allowance, to be increased only by an event which he sincerely deprecated."

But when every allowance is made for the imperfections or the cunning of the workman, one need only examine any collection of antiquities to see that there was a distinct appreciation of foreign physical types (not so much for personal portraiture), costumes, toilet, armour and decoration, often markedly different from native forms, and that a single scene (e.g.

Allowance must be made for the period of development during which there are no contributions to the sinkingfund and within which no interest is earned on invested capital.

15), an allowance of three days (ii.

In the acts relating to the census from 1801 to 1851, provision for the enumeration of Scotland was made with that for England and Wales, allowance being made for the differences in procedure, which mainly concerned the agency to be employed.

From the early sketch I take a few passages which seem to me, without making very much allowance for difference in time, almost as good as anything she has written since:

Berg took the opportunity to ask, with great politeness, whether, as was rumored, the allowance of forage money to captains of companies would be doubled.

About 80,000 went in payments on all the estates to the Land Bank, about 30,000 went for the upkeep of the estate near Moscow, the town house, and the allowance to the three princesses; about 15,000 was given in pensions and the same amount for asylums; 150,000 alimony was sent to the countess; about 70,000 went for interest on debts.

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