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.

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