Definition of afford
1a : 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.> <a delay that will afford us more time>
Examples of afford in a sentence
We were too poor to afford a doctor.
He'll be able to afford a house next year.
Don't spend more than you can afford.
They couldn't afford new coats for the children.
We can afford waiting a while longer.
All of the rooms afford views of the lake.
He was afforded the opportunity to work for a judge.
Synonym Discussion of afford
AFFORD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of afford for English Language Learners
: 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
AFFORD Defined for Kids
Definition of afford for Students
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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