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Meaning & Definition of Afford in English

English

Afford

/əfɔrd/

verb

1. Be able to spare or give up

  • "I can't afford to spend two hours with this person"
    synonym:
  • afford

2. Be the cause or source of

  • "He gave me a lot of trouble"
  • "Our meeting afforded much interesting information"
    synonym:
  • yield
  • ,
  • give
  • ,
  • afford

3. 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?"
    synonym:
  • afford

4. Afford access to

  • "The door opens to the patio"
  • "The french doors give onto a terrace"
    synonym:
  • afford
  • ,
  • open
  • ,
  • give

Examples of using

I'm afraid I can't afford the gift she deserves.
It's a shame I can't afford the gift she deserves.
Can we afford it?