afford


af·ford

verb \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

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

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