1. Approval; approbation.
2. The act of allowing, granting, conceding, or admitting; authorisation; permission; sanction; tolerance. Without the kings will or the states allowance. (Shak)
3. Acknowledgment. The censure of the which one must in your allowance o'erweigh a whole theater of others. (Shak)
4. License; indulgence.
5. 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. (Thackeray)
6. 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. (Macaulay)
7. A customary deduction from the gross weight of goods, different in different countries, such as tare and tret.
Origin: OF. Alouance.
to put upon a fixed allowance (especially. 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.
Origin: see allowance.