[n] the act of allowing; "He objected to the allowance of smoking in the diningroom"
[n] a permissible difference; allowing freedom to move within limits
[n] an amount added or deducted on the basis of qualifying circumstances; "an allowance for profit"
[n] 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] a sum granted as reimbursement for expenses
[n] a reserve fund created by a charge against profits in order to provide for changes in the value of a company's assets
[v] put on a fixed allowance, as of food