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

How to pronounce afford?

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How to say afford in sign language?

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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. Excelso Sabulao:

    I'm just putting my faith in God that, you know, somehow, while doing this, I'm gonna be spared from getting infected by this, i can't afford it.

  2. Mick Mulvaney:

    We have said this in the very beginning—we think the CBO is measuring against the wrong thing, to that same group of voters, go ask them. Go find the 55-year old person who is on ObamaCare right now and ask them if they can afford to go to the doctor—they will tell you, without exception, that they can’t and they know that our program will give that to them.

  3. Jonathan Portes:

    We have no problem borrowing the amount of money [needed], there's no affordability constraint. Being able to afford a second lockdown is simply not one of the top five economic problems facing the UK right now.

  4. Germaine Greer:

    We in the West do not refrain from childbirth because we are concerned about the population explosion or because we feel we cannot afford children, but because we do not like children.

  5. Mark Warner:

    We are alarmed that unpaid federal employees will be required to incur this additional financial hardship during a time when they can least afford it.

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