Afford Definition

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 do something) without risking serious consequences.
I can afford to speak frankly.
Webster's New World
To give; furnish.
Music affords her pleasure.
Webster's New World
To make available or have as a necessary feature; provide.
A tree that affords ample shade; a sport affording good exercise.
American Heritage

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.
take away

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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