afford

verb
af·​ford | \ ə-ˈfȯrd How to pronounce afford (audio) \
afforded; affording; affords

Definition of afford

transitive verb

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

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Synonyms for afford

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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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The junior dealt with a foot injury last season and has undergone routine offseason surgeries often afforded to running backs playing Division I college football. Evan Dudley, al, "How Spencer Brown and Tyler Johnston returned for UAB," 22 Nov. 2019 The Ducks look to keep their College Football Playoff hopes alive and cannot afford to be tripped up against the Sun Devils, or against Oregon State in the Civil War. 2. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Oregon at Arizona State odds, picks and best bets," 21 Nov. 2019 But this exception doesn’t apply to the hard-capped Warriors, who have just 14 players and can’t afford the minimum deal needed to sign a 15th. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors might be getting over their injury bug," 20 Nov. 2019 While Bogie and Bacall are a tough act to follow, what the text affords Pino and McIver is a few brief connections and a near kiss that lacks the emotional foundation required to give it dramatic heft. Jordan Riefe, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Key Largo': Theater Review," 16 Nov. 2019 Incredulous because not all school districts can afford iPads. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Apple’s Head of Marketing Wrongfully Dunks on Chromebooks," 15 Nov. 2019 Many citizens live and often work in dispersed, low-density suburban areas, since city-center housing became too expensive for most to afford. Marcus Enoch, Quartz, "What public transport might look like in 2045," 14 Nov. 2019 Building new smart cities, in the hope people will follow, is a higher-risk gamble that most African governments cannot afford. Astrid R.n. Haas, Quartz Africa, "African countries keep building new cities to meet rapid urbanization even if people won’t live in them," 1 Nov. 2019 When his family of seven could no longer afford the bills, the pipes at the jail froze. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Alaska’s Law Enforcement Crisis," 29 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of afford

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for afford

respelling (after Latin borrowings with initial aff-) of Middle English iforthen, aforthen, going back to Old English geforðian "to send out, promote, carry out," from ge-, perfective prefix + forðian "to send out, promote," verbal derivative of forþ "forth, forward" — more at co-, forth entry 1

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The first known use of afford was in the 14th century

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26 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Afford.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/affording. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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afford

verb
How to pronounce afford (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of afford

: to be able to pay for (something)
: to be able to do (something) without having problems or being seriously harmed
formal : to supply or provide (something needed or wanted) to someone

afford

verb
af·​ford | \ ə-ˈfȯrd How to pronounce afford (audio) \
afforded; affording

Kids Definition of afford

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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