1the amount of something that is permitted, especially within a set of regulations or for a specified purpose:your baggage allowance British an amount of money that can be earned or received free of tax:a personal allowance Horse Racing a deduction in the weight that a horse is required to carry in a race. 2a sum of money paid regularly to a person to meet needs or expenses:the elderly receive a heating allowance every winter
chiefly North American a small amount of money given regularly to a child by its parents.
3 [mass noun] archaic tolerance:the allowance of slavery in the South
give (someone) a sum of money as an allowance: I have made up my mind to allowance him
1take into consideration when planning something: the council has made no allowances for inflation 2treat leniently on account of mitigating circumstances: she liked them and made allowances for their faults