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Meaning of AFFORD

Pronunciation:  u'fowrd

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  be able to spare or give up; "I can't afford to spend two hours with this person"
  2. [v]  be the cause or source of; "He gave me a lot of trouble"; "Our meeting afforded much interesting information"
  3. [v]  afford access to; "the door opens to the patio"; "The French doors give onto a terrace"
  4. [v]  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?"

AFFORD is a 6 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: give, yield
 See Also: allow, allow for, drop, expend, furnish, leave, open, open up, provide, provide for, render, spend, supply



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Af*ford"\ ([a^]f*f[=o]rd"), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
{Afforded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Affording}.] [OE. aforthen, AS.
gefor[eth]ian, for[eth]ian, to further, accomplish, afford,
fr. for[eth] forth, forward. The prefix ge- has no well
defined sense. See {Forth}.]
1. 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.

2. 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.

         His tuneful Muse affords the sweetest numbers.

         The quiet lanes . . . afford calmer retreats.

3. 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.

4. 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.

         The merchant can afford to trade for smaller
         profits.                              --Hamilton.

         He could afford to suffer With those whom he saw
         suffer.                               --Wordsworth.

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