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  1. [noun] 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. [noun] a sum granted as reimbursement for expenses

  3. [noun] an amount added or deducted on the basis of qualifying circumstances; "an allowance for profit"
    Synonyms: adjustment

  4. [noun] a permissible difference; allowing some freedom to move within limits
    Synonyms: leeway, margin, tolerance

  5. [noun] a reserve fund created by a charge against profits in order to provide for changes in the value of a company's assets
    Synonyms: valuation reserve, valuation account, account

  6. [noun] the act of allowing; "He objected to the allowance of smoking in the diningroom"

  7. [verb] put on a fixed allowance, as of food


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