Word forms: allowances
1. countable noun An allowance is money that is given to someone, usually on a regular basis, in order to help them pay for the things that they need. [+ of] ⇒ He lives on a single parent's allowance of £70 a week. ⇒ She gets an allowance for looking after Lillian. 2. countable noun [usu poss N] A child's allowance is money that is given to him or her every week or every month by his or her parents. [mainly US]regional note: in BRIT, use pocket money 3. countable noun Your tax allowance is the amount of money that you are allowed to earn before you have to start paying income tax. [British] ⇒ ...those earning less than the basic tax allowance.regional note: in AM, use personal exemption 4. countable noun A particular type of allowance is an amount of something that you are allowed in particular circumstances. [+ of] ⇒ Most of our flights have a baggage allowance of 44lbs per passenger.
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