Afford meaning

ə-fôrd
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To manage to spare or give up.

Can't afford an hour for lunch.

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To have the financial means for; bear the cost of.

Able to afford a new car.

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To manage or bear without disadvantage or risk to oneself.

Can afford to be tolerant.

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The definition of afford means to be able to do or have something without negative consequences occurring as a result.

An example of afford is being able to go on a vacation while still having enought money to pay bills for the home.

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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?

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To manage (to do something) without risking serious consequences.

I can afford to speak frankly.

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To give; furnish.

Music affords her pleasure.

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To incur, stand, or bear without serious detriment, as an act which might under other circumstances be injurious;—with an auxiliary, as can, could, might, etc.; to be able or rich enough.

I think we can afford the extra hour it will take. We can only afford to buy a small car at the moment.

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To offer, provide, or supply, as in selling, granting, expending, with profit, or without loss or too great injury.

A affords his goods cheaper than B. A man can afford a sum yearly in charity.

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To give forth; to supply, yield, or produce as the natural result, fruit, or issue.

Grapes afford wine. Olives afford oil. The earth affords fruit. The sea affords an abundant supply of fish.

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To make available or have as a necessary feature; provide.

A tree that affords ample shade; a sport affording good exercise.

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To give, grant, or confer, with a remoter reference to its being the natural result; to provide; to furnish.

A good life affords consolation in old age.

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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