Definitions for affordəˈfɔrd, əˈfoʊrd
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
to be able to undergo, manage, or the like, without serious consequence:
The country can't afford another drought.
to be able to meet the expense of or spare the price of:
Can I afford a new dress?
to furnish; supply:
The sale afforded us a good profit.
to give; confer upon:
to afford great pleasure to someone.
Origin of afford:
bef. 1050; ME aforthen, iforthen, OE geforthian to further, accomplish, v. der. of forthforth
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"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
to have enough money to buy
I can't afford a new car.
to be able to do sth without risk
We can't afford to waste time.
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
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Word rank popularity for 'afford' among Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2613
Written Corpus Frequency
Word rank popularity for 'afford' among Written Corpus Frequency: #1014
Word rank popularity for 'afford' among Verbs Frequency: #381
Translations for afford
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
(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.
- يَسْتَطِيع أن يَدْفَع، يَتَمَكَّن مِن شِرَاءArabic
- имам средстваBulgarian
- dar-se ao luxoPortuguese (BR)
- dovolit si, dopřát siCzech
- sich leistenGerman
- have råd tilDanish
- διαθέτω, μπορώ να ξοδέψωGreek
- permitirse, darse el gusto deSpanish
- endale lubamaEstonian
- بضاعت داشتنFarsi
- olla varaaFinnish
- avoir les moyens (de)French
- לְהַרשׁוֹת לְעַצמוֹHebrew
- समर्थ होनाHindi
- megengedheti magánakHungarian
- hafa efniáIcelandic
- ...할 여유가 있다Korean
- leisti sau, išgalėtiLithuanian
- zich (kunnen) veroorlovenDutch
- ha råd tilNorwegian
- pozwalać sobie naPolish
- بضاعت داشتنPersian
- قدرت لرل، توان لرلPashto
- dar-se ao luxoPortuguese
- a-şi permiteRomanian
- быть в состоянии, иметь возможностьRussian
- dopriať siSlovak
- privoščiti siSlovenian
- priuštiti sebi neštoSerbian
- ha råd medSwedish
- gücü yetmek, bütçesi elvermekTurkish
- 負擔得起Chinese (Trad.)
- мати змогу; дозволяти собіUkrainian
- گنجائش ہوناUrdu
- đủ khả năng làm gìVietnamese
- 负担得起Chinese (Simp.)
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