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English noun: allowance

1. allowance (possession) an amount allowed or granted (as during a given period)


SamplesTravel allowance.
My weekly allowance of two eggs.
A child's allowance should not be too generous.


Broader (hypernym)part, percentage, portion, share


Narrower (hyponym)privy purse

2. allowance (possession) a sum granted as reimbursement for expenses


Broader (hypernym)reimbursement


Narrower (hyponym)per diem, travel allowance, travel reimbursement

3. allowance (possession) an amount added or deducted on the basis of qualifying circumstances


SamplesAn allowance for profit.


Synonymsadjustment


Broader (hypernym)recompense


Narrower (hyponym)cost-of-living allowance, deduction, depreciation allowance, discount, seasonal adjustment, tare

4. allowance (attribute) a permissible difference; allowing some freedom to move within limits


Synonymsleeway, margin, tolerance


Broader (hypernym)disagreement, discrepancy, divergence, variance

5. allowance (possession) a reserve fund created by a charge against profits in order to provide for changes in the value of a company's assets


Synonymsallowance account, valuation account, valuation reserve


Broader (hypernym)reserve account, reserve fund

6. allowance (act) the act of allowing


SamplesHe objected to the allowance of smoking in the dining room.


Broader (hypernym)license, permission, permit


Narrower (hyponym)tolerance


English verb: allowance

1. allowance (possession) put on a fixed allowance, as of food


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody something


Broader (hypernym)allow, grant









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