Definition of afford
- You can't afford to neglect your health.
- can't afford to be out of work long
- The sun affords warmth to the earth.
- a delay that will afford us more time
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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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: 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
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