be able to spare or give up
"I can't afford to spend two hours with this person"
yield, give, afford(verb)
be the cause or source of
"He gave me a lot of trouble"; "Our meeting afforded much interesting information"
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?"
afford, open, give(verb)
afford access to
"the door opens to the patio"; "The French doors give onto a terrace"
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.
To offer, provide, or supply, as in selling, granting, expending, with profit, or without loss or too great injury.
To give forth; to supply, yield, or produce as the natural result, fruit, or issue.
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.
Origin: From afōrthen, geforðian, forðian, from forð. The prefix ge- has no well defined sense. See forth.
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
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
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
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
Origin: [OE. aforthen, AS. geforian, forian, to further, accomplish, afford, fr. for forth, forward. The prefix ge- has no well defined sense. See Forth.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
af-fōrd′, v.t. to yield or produce: to be able to sell, to expend, or to bear the expense of. [M. E. aforthen, from A.S. geforthian or forthian, to further or cause to come forth.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'afford' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2613
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'afford' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1014
Rank popularity for the word 'afford' in Verbs Frequency: #381
The numerical value of afford in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of afford in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.
We really have a chance to reach a final agreement in the coming days and we cannot afford, Libya cannot afford, to miss this opportunity.
We have never failed a tax levy, with the tax shift, I’m starting to hear from some people that they may not be able to afford to vote ‘yes,’ because they can’t afford it.
Our government has spent more than we could afford; borrowed money and called it revenue, rather than responsibly budgeting the money we had, we implemented programs we couldn’t afford.
I haven't heard about the new capital. How can we afford a brand new city when we can't afford new roads or schools? who's going to pay for it? The Gulf? If they pay for it, then it's their capital. We'll just be renting it.
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Translations for afford
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- принасям, давам, доставямBulgarian
- dovolovat, dovolitCzech
- imstande sein, gewähren, leistenGerman
- tarjota, saada, tuottaa, olla varaa, antaaFinnish
- permettre, offrirFrench
- módjában állHungarian
- ゆとり, 余裕, 供給, 与えるJapanese
- skaffe, tåle, ha råd tilNorwegian
- pozwalać, pozwolićPolish
- [[conseguir]] [[pagar]], proverPortuguese
- позволить, позволять, быть в состоянии, предоставлять, предоставитьRussian
- priùštiti, приуштитиSerbo-Croatian
- dopriať si, dovoľovať si, dovoliť si, dopriavať siSlovak
- ge, skänka, beredaSwedish
- parası yetmekTurkish
- дозволя́ти собі́Ukrainian
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