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Definitions of afford

  1. 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?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. be able to spare or give up; "I can't afford to spend two hours with this person" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. be the cause or source of; "He gave me a lot of trouble"; "Our meeting afforded much interesting information" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. afford access to; "the door opens to the patio"; "The French doors give onto a terrace" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To supply; produce; yield; to be able to bear the expense of. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. To yield or produce to be able to sell or to expend. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. To yield; to supply; to be able to expend. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. To be able to meet, as expense; bear; stand. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. To produce; yield. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. To yield; to be able to bear the cost of. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  15. To yield or produce; to be able to bear expenses; to grant. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  16. 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. mso.anu.edu.au
  17. 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. dictgcide_fs
  18. af-f[=o]rd', v.t. to yield or produce: to be able to sell, to expend, or to bear the expense of. [M. E. aforthen, from A.S. geforthian or forthian, to further or cause to come forth.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  19. (With can) have the means, be rich enough, (to do), manage to spare; furnish, bestow; (of things) yield supply of. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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