Afford Definition

To have the financial means for; bear the cost of.
Able to afford a new car.
American Heritage
To have enough or the means for; bear the cost of without serious inconvenience.
I'm not able to afford a car; can you afford the time?
Webster's New World
To manage to spare or give up.
Can't afford an hour for lunch.
American Heritage
To manage (to do something) without risking serious consequences.
I can afford to speak frankly.
Webster's New World
To manage or bear without disadvantage or risk to oneself.
Can afford to be tolerant.
American Heritage

Origin of Afford

  • Middle English aforthen from Old English geforthian to carry out ge- perfective pref. yclept forthian to further (from forth forth, forward per1 in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English aforthen, from Old English ġeforþian, forþian (“to further, accomplish, afford”), from forþ (“forth, forward”). The prefix ġe- has no well defined sense. See forth.

    From Wiktionary

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