n 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" [syn: adjustment
4: a permissible difference; allowing freedom to move within
limits [syn: leeway
5: a reserve fund created by a charge against profits in order
to provide for changes in the value of a company's assets
[syn: valuation reserve
, valuation account
6: the act of allowing; "He objected to the allowance of
smoking in the diningroom"
v : put on a fixed allowance, as of food