• "Billy allowed the letter to be taken."
    "Billy allowed the letter to be taken."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v allowance put on a fixed allowance, as of food
    • n allowance the act of allowing "He objected to the allowance of smoking in the dining room"
    • n allowance a permissible difference; allowing some freedom to move within limits
    • n allowance an amount added or deducted on the basis of qualifying circumstances "an allowance for profit"
    • n allowance 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"
    • n allowance a sum granted as reimbursement for expenses
    • n allowance a reserve fund created by a charge against profits in order to provide for changes in the value of a company's assets
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

"No repairs allowed." "No repairs allowed."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ornithologists often use Scotch tape to cover cracks in the soft shells of fertilized pigeon eggs, allowing the eggs to hatch. Scotch tape has also been used as an anti-corrosive shield on the Goodyear Blimp.
    • Allowance (com) A customary deduction from the gross weight of goods, different in different countries, such as tare and tret.
    • Allowance Abatement; deduction; the taking into account of mitigating circumstances; as, to make allowance for the inexperience of youth. "After making the largest allowance for fraud."
    • Allowance Acknowledgment. "The censure of the which one must in your allowance o'erweigh a whole theater of others."
    • Allowance Approval; approbation.
    • Allowance License; indulgence.
    • Allowance That which is allowed; a share or portion allotted or granted; a sum granted as a reimbursement, a bounty, or as appropriate for any purpose; a stated quantity, as of food or drink; hence, a limited quantity of meat and drink, when provisions fall short. "I can give the boy a handsome allowance ."
    • Allowance The act of allowing, granting, conceding, or admitting; authorization; permission; sanction; tolerance. "Without the king's will or the state's allowance ."
    • v. t Allowance To put upon a fixed allowance (esp. of provisions and drink); to supply in a fixed and limited quantity; as, the captain was obliged to allowance his crew; our provisions were allowanced.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Only men were allowed to eat at the first self-service restaurant, the Exchange Buffet in New York, opened in 1885. Customers ate standing up.
    • n allowance Sanction; approval; tolerance: as, the allowance of slavery.
    • n allowance Admission or acceptance; a conceding or granting: as, the allowance of a claim.
    • n allowance Allotment; apportionment; a definite sum or quantity set apart or granted, such as alimony: as, an allowance by a husband to a wife; an allowance of grog or tobacco to a seaman; an allowance of pocket-money.
    • n allowance Specifically, in law, an extra sum awarded besides regular costs to the successful party in a difficult case.
    • n allowance A deduction: as, the allowances made in commerce for tare, breakages, etc.
    • n allowance An abatement or addition on account of some extenuating, qualifying, enhancing, or other circumstance: as, to make allowances for a person's youth or inexperience; allowance for difference of time; allowance for shrinkage of values, etc.
    • n allowance In minting, a permissible deviation in the fineness and weight of coins, owing to the difficulty of securing exact conformity to the standard prescribed by law. In the United States the allowance for the fineness of gold coins is .001, and for weight a quarter of a grain to each one-dollar piece; in silver coins the allowance for fineness is .003, and for weight 1½ grains to each coin. In the gold coinage of France the allowance for both fineness and weight is .002, and of England .002 for fineness and two grains in each sovereign for weight. Also called remedy and tolerance (which see).
    • allowance To put upon allowance; limit to a certain fixed periodic amount of anything: as, to allowance a spendthrift; distress compelled the captain of the ship to allowance his crew.
    • n allowance Praise; commendation.
    • n allowance Sanction; approbation; authorization: as, a judge's allowance of a compromise or settlement of a case by the parties interested.
    • n allowance Reputation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Until the 1960's men with long hair were not allowed to enter Disneyland.
    • n Allowance that which is allowed: a limited portion of anything: a stated quantity—of money, &c., to meet expenses: abatement: approbation: permission
    • ***


  • James Whitcomb Riley
    James Whitcomb Riley
    “The most essential factor is persistence -- the determination never to allow your energy or enthusiasm to be dampened by the discouragement that must inevitably come.”
  • Joseph Cannon
    Joseph Cannon
    “Sometimes in politics one must duel with skunks, but no one should be fool enough to allow skunks to choose the weapons.”
  • R. Buckminster Fuller
    “Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we've been ignorant of their value.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “Power is my mistress. I have worked too hard at her conquest to allow anyone to take her away from me.”
  • John Milton
    “Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.”
  • Lenny Bruce
    “Satire is tragedy plus time. You give it enough time, the public, the reviewers will allow you to satirize it. Which is rather ridiculous, when you think about it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Allowance (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. alouer, to grant—L. ad, to, and locāre, to place.—Allow, in the sense of approve or sanction, as used in B. and by old writers, has its root in L. allaudāread-, and laudāre, to praise.


In literature:

And yet he could hardly ask her to come and share with him the allowance made to him by his father!
"Phineas Finn" by Anthony Trollope
The table given allows three pounds of calcium; united with oxygen, calcium forms lime.
"Public School Domestic Science" by Mrs. J. Hoodless
A new bed will be planted next spring with young plants that were not allowed to bear last season.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
Elizabeth listened politely to what De Silva said, promised to examine into his complaints, and allowed Hawkins to sail.
"English Seamen in the Sixteenth Century" by James Anthony Froude
Cook slowly until tender and do not test it until you have allowed fifteen minutes to the pound.
"Good Things to Eat as Suggested by Rufus" by Rufus Estes
If allowed to stand, a whitish precipitate is formed.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
The health of my young friend allowed him to breathe the fresh air and to walk.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
Allowing so much, we cannot but allow also that Lord Chiltern must have been made to fill the situation.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
But they cannot understand why God should allow the success of a system so important to depend on faithless or fallible men.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
The mother's breakdown was not allowed to stop the Boy's education.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon

In poetry:

To drink and droll be Rowe allow'd
Till the third watchman's toll;
Let Jervas gratis paint, and Frowde
Save three-pence and his soul.
"Farewell to London" by Alexander Pope
"Worse than woman! useless caitiff!
Why allowed you them to pass?
Back, no answer! Hark, men, hither!
Take his staff and bind him fast"
"Loch Buy" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
For now Thy people are allowed
To scale the mount and pierce the cloud,
And Faith may feed her eager view
With wonders Sinai never knew.
"Holy Communion" by John Keble
Hence they, like traitors, are confin'd
From all the rest of humankind,
Nor are they, any time, allow'd
To go abroad in search of food.
"A Warning To The Welsh, To Repent, Wrote At The Time A Great Plague Rag'd In London" by Rees Prichard
They pushed him into a Mental Home,
And that is like the grave:
For they do not let you sleep upstairs,
And you aren't allowed to shave.
"The Mother's Son" by Rudyard Kipling
The mothers see into the future,
Beyond the end of that Chieftain
Who shall be the last of the race
Which allowed only death to a coward.
"The Outgoing Race" by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop

In news:

NextEra Energy Canada, Enbridge and Borealis Infrastructure have filed for regulatory approval to allow Enbridge and Borealis to acquire interests in NextEra Energy Canada's subsidiary, Upper Canada Transmission Inc.
Dream Act to allow in -state tuition for illegals passes.
Really a matter of time before US airlines allow in flight cell phone use.
Airlines in no rush to allow in -flight cellphone use.
You and your fellow passengers will be allowed to talk on your cell phones in-flight.
The Washington Dulles plans to allow passengers at 35,000 feet to make or take a call.
Chief Says Myanmar to Allow in Aid Workers.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday that Myanmar's ruling junta had agreed to allow "all aid workers" into the cyclone-ravaged country -- although questions remain as to the timing and logistics of such access.
FORA needs to better define allowable expenses.
Senior center violated its allowable uses.
Health-care ruling was all about ' allowable power'.
Revision of D3737 - 09 Standard Practice for Establishing Allowable Properties for Structural Glued Laminated Timber (Glulam).
Correct percentage of allowable tubes.
Legislation Would Allow Enclosures Under Floor Insurance Program Myrtle Beach area hotels may be allowed to keep seasonal pool enclosures if the US Senate passes a bill that the US House of Representatives approved last week.
Of those respondents with at least one formal process for assessing external party risk, 38% do not allow business partners access to sensitive data or processes, and 29% do not allow sensitive data to be outsourced.

In science:

The hole orbital localized at the central N is now allowed to relax in the presence of nearby valence orbitals, on-site, nn, and nnn, that were allowed to relax in the first set of calculations.
Correlation-induced corrections to the band structure of boron nitride: a wave-function-based approach
Symmetries will allow the solver to block the Hamiltonian matrix in blocks, using less memory, speeding up the computation and allowing the code to parallelize matrix blocks related by symmetry.
The Density Matrix Renormalization Group for Strongly Correlated Electron Systems: A Generic Implementation
The splitting probability s and Beta parameter β could be made dependent on the node of the tree, which allows incorporating prior knowledge. k -ary trees could be allowed with Beta generalized to Dirichlet distributions.
Exact Non-Parametric Bayesian Inference on Infinite Trees
The main significance of Killing–Yano tensors is that they allow one to construct symmetry operators allowing the separability of various field equations.
Generalized Killing-Yano equations in D=5 gauged supergravity
To go from Riemannian Geometry to General Relativity, we allow the metric tensor gij to be Lorenz and hence the principle of general covariance and the principle of minimal gravitational coupling (c.f. [Do]) allow us to obtain the desired equation of motion (2.5) with quantum-gravitation effect in spacetime.
An Equation of Motion with Quantum Effect in Spacetime