Definitions of afford

  1. have the financial means to do something or buy something; " We can't afford to send our children to college"; " Can you afford this car?"
  2. be able to spare or give up; " I can't afford to spend two hours with this person"
  3. be the cause or source of; " He gave me a lot of trouble"; " Our meeting afforded much interesting information"
  4. afford access to; " the door opens to the patio"; " The French doors give onto a terrace"
  5. To give forth; to supply, yield, or produce as the natural result, fruit, or issue; as, grapes afford wine; olives afford oil; the earth affords fruit; the sea affords an abundant supply of fish.
  6. To give, grant, or confer, with a remoter reference to its being the natural result; to provide; to furnish; as, a good life affords consolation in old age.
  7. To offer, provide, or supply, as in selling, granting, expending, with profit, or without loss or too great injury; as, A affords his goods cheaper than B; a man can afford a sum yearly in charity.
  8. To incur, stand, or bear without serious detriment, as an act which might under other circumstances be injurious; - with an auxiliary, as can, could, might, etc.; to be able or rich enough.
  9. To supply; produce; yield; to be able to bear the expense of.
  10. To yield or produce to be able to sell or to expend.
  11. To yield; to supply; to be able to expend.
  12. To be able to meet, as expense; bear; stand.
  13. To produce; yield.
  14. To yield; to be able to bear the cost of.
  15. To yield or produce; to be able to bear expenses; to grant.

Quotes of afford

  1. If you can afford to advertise, you don't need to. – Norman Ralph Augustine
  2. Play the game for more than you can afford to lose... only then will you learn the game. – Winston Churchill
  3. Powerful people cannot afford to educate the people that they oppress, because once you are truly educated, you will not ask for power. You will take it. – John Henrik Clarke
  4. It has been my aim throughout present operations to afford the greatest amount of protection to life and property interests, and troops have been stationed accordingly. – George Crook
  5. Most individuals have always thought themselves not big enough or significant enough to have an effect on the whole planet, a notion which conversely made them think they could afford big arrogance and big greed over its resources. – Lynette Fromme
  6. I have lost everything, and I am so poor now that I really cannot afford to let anything worry me. – Joseph Jefferson
  7. I'm like an expensive menu... you can look but you can't afford – Anna Kournikova
  8. But I've been there and done that. I'm not trying to prove anything to anybody, and if somebody wants me to come, if they can afford what I ask, it's not as much as Madonna makes; not that I want what Madonna makes, but I was saying. – Abbey Lincoln
  9. We can't afford big symphonies but we commission works that sound rich and symphonic because of the nature of the instrumentation and the people we work with. – Graeme Murphy
  10. I want more muscles! I go to the gym three or four times a week with a personal trainer. I can afford that now. I can't put on weight though, no matter how much I eat. – Christopher Parker
  11. When I reached adulthood, even now, I could afford to belong to a country club. But I could never belong to a private club because of my experience as a child, because it would isolate me from the whole of humanity. – Martin Sheen
  12. Pharmaceuticals have become an increasingly important part of modern medicine, and our seniors shouldn't have to worry about whether they can afford the medicines they need to stay healthy and maintain their independence. – Michael K. Simpson
  13. In those days, male dancers were a rarer breed than women. as they are still today, A good male dancer, one as strong as we were, was very difficult to come by if you couldn't afford to pay them. – Twyla Tharp
  14. But obviously, we can't afford to make some bad long -term decisions with regard to basic commitments our country has- trade those away for some short -term assistance that may or may not be there a month from now. – Fred Thompson
  15. Basically, particularly in Britain, it's a hegemonic thing that people who write tend to come from the leisure classes. They can afford the time and the books. – Irvine Welsh

Usage examples for afford

  1. I cannot afford to pay much." – Charlotte's Inheritance by M. E. Braddon
  2. You cannot afford it. – Seed Thoughts for Singers by Frank Herbert Tubbs
  3. How can you afford the time for nothing? – Malcolm by George MacDonald
  4. " You may well afford to forget it, sir; I shall not," he returned. – Hugh Wynne, Free Quaker by S. Weir Mitchell
  5. We can't afford to let him go. – Mrs. Falchion, Complete by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 12, 2009
  6. The world cannot afford to consider peace with Germany until the people rule. – Germany, The Next Republic? by Carl W. Ackerman
  7. I'm not in position to play this game alone- can't afford to. – Caves of Terror by Talbot Mundy
  8. Could he afford to marry Daphne?" – Hilda Wade A Woman With Tenacity Of Purpose by Grant Allen
  9. I would, too, if I could afford – A College Girl by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  10. I am not in the least excited about them, as you see; I can afford to wait, for these things last for ever. – Audrey Craven by May Sinclair
  11. " How you can afford to drink at all is beyond me," says she. – Torchy, Private Sec. by Sewell Ford
  12. " You're not so well up in your work that you can afford to waste a moment," she warned. – Loyal to the School by Angela Brazil
  13. 871, its advantage being that it is capable of more adjustment about the chuck plate, because the slots afford a greater range for the bolts to come even with the holes in the chuck plate. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  14. But of course she supposed they were really rich and could afford it. – An Alabaster Box by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and Florence Morse Kingsley
  15. He knew he could afford to be patient now. – Christopher Hibbault, Roadmaker by Marguerite Bryant
  16. I am so young, in short, that I can afford to have a good time. – Walter Sherwood's Probation by Horatio Alger
  17. I cannot afford to lose you as my friend. – The Genius by Margaret Horton Potter
  18. I haven't been able to afford it. – The Sherrods by George Barr McCutcheon
  19. I couldn't afford to stay any longer. – The Witness by Grace Livingston Hill Lutz
  20. For over three years after their marriage, neither of my parents left London for a single day, not being able to afford to travel. – Father and Son by Edmund Gosse