afford

  • 1 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

  • 2 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

  • 3 afford — UK US /əˈfɔːd/ verb [T] ● can afford Cf. can afford …

    Financial and business terms

  • 4 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

  • 5 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

  • 6 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

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

    Law dictionary

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 afford — af|ford 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… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 afford — 01. We d like to go skiing this winter, but we can t really [afford] it right now because my wife isn t working. 02. I can t [afford] to go to the bar tonight because I spent too much last week. 03. We re hoping to go to Hawaii for our holidays,… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 13 afford — af|ford [ ə fɔrd ] verb transitive *** 1. ) if you can afford something, you have enough money to be able to pay for it. This word always follows can, could, or be able to : I m not sure how they are able to afford such expensive vacations. We… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 afford*/*/*/ — [əˈfɔːd] verb [T] 1) can afford or be able to afford to have enough money to pay for something I m not sure how they are able to afford such expensive holidays.[/ex] The company simply cannot afford to keep all its staff.[/ex] 2) can afford or be …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 15 afford — [[t]əfɔ͟ː(r)d[/t]] ♦♦♦ affords, affording, afforded 1) VERB If you cannot afford something, you do not have enough money to pay for it. [V n] My parents can t even afford a new refrigerator... [V n] The arts should be available to more people at… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 afford — verb (T) 1 can afford a) to have enough money to buy or pay for something: Only the bigger clubs can afford the enormous fees that these players demand. | afford to do sth: We can t afford to go on vacation this year. b) to have enough time to do …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 afford — /euh fawrd , euh fohrd /, v.t. 1. to be able to do, manage, or bear without serious consequence or adverse effect: The country can t afford another drought. 2. to be able to meet the expense of; have or be able to spare the price of: Can we… …

    Universalium

  • 18 afford — verb ADVERB ▪ easily, well ▪ She can well afford to pay for herself. ▪ barely, hardly, ill, just, not really …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 19 afford — /əˈfɔd / (say uh fawd) verb (t) 1. (often preceded by can or may and followed by an infinitive) to have the means: we can afford to sell cheap. 2. (often preceded by can or may) to be able to meet the expense of; spare the price of: he can t… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 20 afford — v.tr. 1 (prec. by can or be able to; often foll. by to + infin.) a have enough money, means, time, etc., for; be able to spare (can afford pound50; could not afford a holiday; can we afford to buy a new television?). b be in a position to do… …

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