What does afford mean?

Definitions for afford
əˈfɔrd, əˈfoʊrdaf·ford

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word afford.

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"

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.

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

  2. afford(Verb)

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

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

  3. afford(Verb)

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

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

  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.

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [OE. aforthen, AS. geforian, forian, to further, accomplish, afford, fr. for forth, forward. The prefix ge- has no well defined sense. See Forth.]

  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

    Etymology: [OE. aforthen, AS. geforian, forian, to further, accomplish, afford, fr. for forth, forward. The prefix ge- has no well defined sense. See Forth.]

  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

    Etymology: [OE. aforthen, AS. geforian, forian, to further, accomplish, afford, fr. for forth, forward. The prefix ge- has no well defined sense. See Forth.]

  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

    Etymology: [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

  1. Afford

    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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. afford

    To have the money within a budget to buy or pay.

    They were able to afford to put money in the bank for savings every month.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 4, 2020  

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of afford in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of afford in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of afford in a Sentence

  1. Christer Fallman:

    The queue is for our security. We couldn't afford to pay for an empty flat.

  2. Donna Farrell:

    We'll have young people coming who are willing to sleep on floors, families coming who are thrilled they will have some place to stay they can afford, they will be viewing this as a pilgrimage.

  3. Hunter Biden:

    This isn't a game. It's deadly serious. The United States can not afford to have a president who will abuse whatever power is available to President Donald Trump to get re-elected. The United States's what The United States's all about, and here's the kicker : The people around The President knew that what The President was doing was wrong -- profoundly wrong. So what did they try to do ? They tried to cover The United States up by hiding the evidence.

  4. New York:

    In 2005, when I ran for Congress in a 2-to-1 Republican district, I actually ran on Medicare for all, and I won that 2-to-1 Republican district twice, and the way I formulated it was simple : anyone who doesn't have access to insurance they like, they could buy it at a percentage of income they could afford.

  5. John Green:

    Did you know that for pretty much the entire history of the human species, the average life span was less than thirty years? You could count on ten years or so of real adulthood, right? There was no planning for retirement. There was no planning for a career. There was no planning. No time for planning. No time for future. But then the life spans started getting longer, and people started having more and more future, and so they spent more time thinking about it. About the future. And now life has become the future. Every moment of your life is lived for the future --you go to high school so you can go to college so you can get a good job so you can get a nice house so you can afford to send your kids to college so they can get a good job so they can get a nice house so they can afford to send their kids to college.

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