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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.


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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