Definition of Afford in English :

Define Afford in English

Afford meaning in English

Meaning of Afford in English

Pronunciation of Afford in English

Afford pronunciation in English

Pronounce Afford in English


see synonyms of afford


1. afford

be able to spare or give up

Example Sentences:
'I can't afford to spend two hours with this person'

2. afford, give, yield

be the cause or source of

Example Sentences:
'He gave me a lot of trouble'
'Our meeting afforded much interesting information'

3. afford

have the financial means to do something or buy something

Example Sentences:
'We can't afford to send our children to college'
'Can you afford this car?'

4. afford, give, open

afford access to

Example Sentences:
'the door opens to the patio'
'The French doors give onto a terrace'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of afford
1. (preceded by can, could, etc)
to be able to do or spare something, esp without incurring financial difficulties or without risk of undesirable consequences
we can afford to buy a small house
I can afford to give you one of my chess sets
we can't afford to miss this play
to give, yield, or supply
the meeting afforded much useful information

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see synonyms of afford
verb transitive
to have enough or the means for; bear the cost of without serious inconvenience
used with can or be able
I'm not able to afford a car; can you afford the time?
to manage (to do something) without risking serious consequences
used with can
I can afford to speak frankly
to give; furnish
music affords her pleasure

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of afford
tr.v. af·ford·ed, af·ford·ing, af·fords
1. To have the financial means for; bear the cost of: able to afford a new car.
2. To manage to spare or give up: can't afford an hour for lunch.
3. To manage or bear without disadvantage or risk to oneself: can afford to be tolerant.
4. To make available or have as a necessary feature; provide: a tree that affords ample shade; a sport affording good exercise.

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