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allowance

noun uk   /əˈlaʊ.əns/ us  

allowance noun (AMOUNT GIVEN)

C1 [C] money that you are given regularly, especially to pay for a particular thing: The perks of the job include a company pension and a generous travel allowance. I couldn't have managed at college if I hadn't had an allowance from my parents. [C] an amount of something that you are allowed: The baggage/luggage allowance for most flights is 20 kilos. [C] mainly US for pocket money

allowance noun (PREPARATION)

make allowance for to prepare for the possibility of: We should make allowance for bad weather and have plenty of umbrellas available.

allowance noun (ACCEPTING)

make allowances for C2 To make allowances for someone is to think about their characteristics and not judge them too severely: You should make allowances for him - he's been quite ill recently. "This is a poor piece of work." "Yes, but you should make allowances for the fact that she's only seven."
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