afford


afford
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W3S1 [əˈfo:d US -o:rd] v [T]
[: Old English; Origin: geforthian 'to carry out', from forth]
1.) can/could afford [usually negative]
a) to have enough money to buy or pay for something
afford [to do] sth
We can't afford to go on vacation this year.
I couldn't afford the rent on my own.
How can she afford to eat out every night?
b) to have enough time to do something
Dad can't afford any more time off work.
c) if you cannot afford to do something, you must not do it because it could cause serious problems for you
afford to do sth
We can't afford to wait any longer or we'll miss the plane.
2.) formal to provide something or allow something to happen
The room affords a beautiful view over the city.
afford (sb) an opportunity/chance
It afforded her the opportunity to improve her tennis skills.
The new law will afford protection to employees.
>affordable adj
affordable housing
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HINT sense 1
Afford can be followed by an infinitive with 'to', but not an -ing form: I can't afford to buy (NOT can't afford buying/can't afford buy) a car.
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Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Afford — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • afford — [ə fôrd′] vt. [ME aforthen < OE geforthian, to advance < forthian, to further] 1. to have enough or the means for; bear the cost of without serious inconvenience: used with can or be able [I m not able to afford a car; can you afford the… …   English World dictionary

  • afford — UK US /əˈfɔːd/ verb [T] ● can afford Cf. can afford …   Financial and business terms

  • afford — (v.) O.E. geforðian to put forth, contribute; further, advance; carry out, accomplish, from ge completive prefix (see A (Cf. a ) (1)) + forðian to further, from forð forward, onward (see FORTH (Cf. forth)). Change of th to d took place late 16c.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • afford — [v1] able to have or do; within financial means allow, be able to, bear, be disposed to, have enough for, have the means for, incur, manage, spare, stand, support, sustain; concepts 335,713 afford [v2] give, produce bestow, furnish, grant, impart …   New thesaurus

  • afford — ► VERB 1) (can/could afford) have sufficient money, time, or means for. 2) provide (an opportunity or facility). DERIVATIVES affordability noun affordable adjective. ORIGIN Old English, «promote, perform»; related to FORTH(Cf. ↑ …   English terms dictionary

  • afford — index administer (tender), allow (endure), bear (yieid), bequeath, bestow, contribute (supply) …   Law dictionary

  • afford — *give, confer, bestow, present, donate Analogous words: *offer, proffer: *furnish: *grant, accord Antonyms: deny (something one wants, asks, hopes for) pm4]Contrasted words: withhold, hold, hold back (see KEEP): refuse, * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • afford */*/*/ — UK [əˈfɔː(r)d] / US [əˈfɔrd] verb [transitive] Word forms afford : present tense I/you/we/they afford he/she/it affords present participle affording past tense afforded past participle afforded Get it right: afford: Afford is never followed by a… …   English dictionary

  • afford — v. 1) to well afford 2) (formal) (A) it afforded great pleasure to him; or: it afforded him great pleasure 3)(E; preceded by the forms: can cannot can t could) we cannot afford to buy a new house; we can ill afford to lose this contract 4)… …   Combinatory dictionary


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