What does afford mean?

Definitions for afford
əˈfɔrd, əˈfoʊrdaf·ford

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. affordverb

    be able to spare or give up

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

  2. yield, give, affordverb

    be the cause or source of

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

  3. affordverb

    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, giveverb

    afford access to

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

Wiktionary

  1. affordverb

    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. affordverb

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

  3. affordverb

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

  4. affordverb

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Affordverb

    Etymology: affourrer, affourrager, Fr.

    So soon as Maurmon there arrived, the door
    To him did open, and afforded way. Fairy Queen.

    This is the consolation of all good men, unto whom his ubiquity affordeth continual comfort and security; and this is the affliction of hell, to whom it affordeth despair and remediless calamity. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. i. c. 2.

    They fill their magazines in times of the greatest plenty, that so they may afford cheaper, and increase the public revenue at a small expence of its members. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    The same errours run through all families, where there is wealth enough to afford that their sons may be good for nothing. Jonathan Swift, on Modern Education.

ChatGPT

  1. afford

    Afford generally means having enough money or resources to pay for something or the ability to do something without experiencing negative consequences. It can refer to buying goods or services, taking time or exerting effort, or accommodating a certain situation or circumstance.

  2. afford

    Afford refers to having enough resources, such as time, money, or strength, to be able to do or acquire something. It could also mean the ability to deal with or withstand a situation without being negatively affected or harmed.

  3. afford

    Afford generally refers to the ability to manage or cope with something such as costs or expenses, without suffering any negative effects such as financial strain. It can also mean to provide or supply something like an opportunity or privilege.

  4. afford

    To afford generally means to have enough resources, such as money, time or physical capability, to do or buy something without causing financial trouble or scarcity. The term often identifies the ability to take on a particular action or task without suffering adverse effects, be it monetary, temporal or physical.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Affordverb

    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. Affordverb

    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. Affordverb

    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. Affordverb

    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

  5. 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  

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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. Tim Clark:

    There seems to be a certain amount of cloudiness down there. One minute they are quite keen - I don't know if they can afford to do the A380neo and the (new) A350, airbus have got to rationalise a few things.

  2. Guiyolette Fenfen:

    I can't afford to rent, let alone ensure my children eat every day.

  3. Kyle Morse:

    Tonight, Donald Trump said the quiet part out loud, donald Trump rolled the dice on our health with deadly consequences, and we will make sure voters know we can not afford four more years of Donald Trump disastrous policies and failed leadership.

  4. Michelle Hauser:

    I don't think we can say based on this or other studies that, nutrient-wise, it's really all that different, (But) it is really important, at least for people who can afford to, to consider that organic might be better for the environment.

  5. Pete Basiliere:

    There is a vast market of consumers worldwide who have the means to afford a 3D printer for their home.

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