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Meaning & Definition of Afford in English





1. Be able to spare or give up

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

2. Be the cause or source of

  • "He gave me a lot of trouble"
  • "Our meeting afforded much interesting information"
  • 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?"
  • afford

4. Afford access to

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

Examples of using

Tom figured out the cost and it was more than he could afford.
Tom had to drop out from college because he couldn't afford tuition.
We can't afford this.