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afford

verb af·ford \ə-ˈfrd\

: to be able to pay for (something)

: to be able to do (something) without having problems or being seriously harmed

: to supply or provide (something needed or wanted) to someone

Full Definition of AFFORD

transitive verb
1
a :  to manage to bear without serious detriment <you can't afford to neglect your health>
b :  to be able to bear the cost of <can't afford to be out of work long>
2
:  to make available, give forth, or provide naturally or inevitably <the sun affords warmth to the earth>
af·ford·abil·i·ty \-ˌfr-də-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
af·ford·able \-ˈfr-də-bəl\ adjective
af·ford·ably \ə-ˈfr-də-blē\ adverb
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Examples of AFFORD

  1. We were too poor to afford a doctor.
  2. He'll be able to afford a house next year.
  3. Don't spend more than you can afford.
  4. They couldn't afford new coats for the children.
  5. We can afford waiting a while longer.
  6. All of the rooms afford views of the lake.
  7. He was afforded the opportunity to work for a judge.

Origin of AFFORD

Middle English aforthen, from Old English geforthian to carry out, from ge-, perfective prefix + forthian to carry out, from forth — more at co-, forth
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of AFFORD

give, present, donate, bestow, confer, afford mean to convey to another as a possession. give, the general term, is applicable to any passing over of anything by any means <give alms> <gave her a ride on a pony> <give my love to your mother>. present carries a note of formality and ceremony <present an award>. donate is likely to imply a publicized giving (as to charity) <donate a piano to the orphanage>. bestow implies the conveying of something as a gift and may suggest condescension on the part of the giver <bestow unwanted advice>. confer implies a gracious giving (as of a favor or honor) <confer an honorary degree>. afford implies a giving or bestowing usually as a natural or legitimate consequence of the character of the giver <the trees afford shade> <a development that affords us some hope>.
AFFORD Defined for Kids

afford

verb af·ford \ə-ˈfrd\
af·ford·edaf·ford·ing

Definition of AFFORD for Kids

1
:  to be able to do or bear without serious harm <You cannot afford to waste your strength.>
2
:  to be able to pay for <I can't afford a new car.>
3
:  to supply or provide someone with <Tennis affords good exercise.>

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