- allowance [ə lou′əns]n.1. the act of allowing, permitting, admitting, etc. [the allowance of a claim]2. something allowed as a share; specif., an amount of money, food, etc. given regularly to a child, dependent, etc. or to military personnel for a specific purpose [travel allowance]3. a reduction in the price of something in consideration of a large order or of turning in a used article, etc.4. the amount by which something is allowed to be more or less than stated, as to compensate for the weight of the container, inaccuracy of machining, etc.vt.allowanced, allowancing1. to put on an allowance or a ration2. to apportion economicallyadj.designating a horse race in which the weight each horse must carry is set by a formula tied to the horse's past performance and earnings——————make allowance or make allowancesto take circumstances, limitations, etc. into considerationmake allowance ( or allowances) for——————make allowance for or make allowances for1. to forgive or excuse because of mitigating factors2. to leave room, time, etc. for; allow for
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.