Definitions for affordəˈfɔrd, əˈfoʊrd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

af•fordəˈfɔrd, əˈfoʊrd(v.t.)

  1. to be able to undergo, manage, or the like, without serious consequence:

    The country can't afford another drought.

  2. to be able to meet the expense of or spare the price of:

    Can I afford a new dress?

  3. to furnish; supply:

    The sale afforded us a good profit.

  4. to give; confer upon:

    to afford great pleasure to someone.

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Origin of afford:

bef. 1050; ME aforthen, iforthen, OE geforthian to further, accomplish, v. der. of forthforth

Princeton's WordNet

  1. afford(verb)

    be able to spare or give up

    "I can't afford to spend two hours with this person"

  2. yield, give, afford(verb)

    be the cause or source of

    "He gave me a lot of trouble"; "Our meeting afforded much interesting information"

  3. afford(verb)

    have the financial means to do something or buy something

    "We can't afford to send our children to college"; "Can you afford this car?"

  4. afford, open, give(verb)

    afford access to

    "the door opens to the patio"; "The French doors give onto a terrace"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. afford(verb)əˈfɔrd, əˈfoʊrd

    to have enough money to buy

    I can't afford a new car.

  2. affordəˈfɔrd, əˈfoʊrd

    to be able to do sth without risk

    We can't afford to waste time.

Wiktionary

  1. afford(Verb)

    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.

  2. afford(Verb)

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

  3. afford(Verb)

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

  4. afford(Verb)

    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.

  5. Origin: From afōrthen, geforðian, forðian, from forð. The prefix ge- has no well defined sense. See forth.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Afford(verb)

    to give forth; to supply, yield, or produce as the natural result, fruit, or issue; as, grapes afford wine; olives afford oil; the earth affords fruit; the sea affords an abundant supply of fish

  2. Afford(verb)

    to give, grant, or confer, with a remoter reference to its being the natural result; to provide; to furnish; as, a good life affords consolation in old age

  3. Afford(verb)

    to offer, provide, or supply, as in selling, granting, expending, with profit, or without loss or too great injury; as, A affords his goods cheaper than B; a man can afford a sum yearly in charity

  4. Afford(verb)

    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

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'afford' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2613

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'afford' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1014

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'afford' in Verbs Frequency: #381


Translations for afford

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

afford(verb)

(usually with can, ~could ) to be able to spend money, time etc on or for something

I can't afford (to buy) a new car.

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