verb (used with object)
Origin of afford
Examples from the Web for afford
As a matter of dollars and cents, America in the short term may be able to afford disability and food stamps.Bush, Christie, Romney: Who’ll Be the GOP Class Warrior?|Lloyd Green|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It represented everything about the kind of comfort and the little luxuries in life that a good glass of Scotch can afford us.A Whisky Connoisseur Remembers That First Sip of The Macallan||December 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Selling off the extras, I saw my neighbor marvel at the scent and murmur that he wished he could afford one.
He belongs to a gym, he can afford to pay for that: he can shower, he can keep his belongings in a series of lockers there.
Women who could afford to make bail started being released every two hours early Wednesday afternoon.
A boy's life in a secluded New England town in winter does not afford many points for illustration.The Story of a Bad Boy|Thomas Bailey Aldrich
Meanwhile enough machinery and other equipment was being prepared and shipped from Canada to afford employment to 10,000 men.
The first are primarily social in purpose, and afford a place for the children of mothers who have to leave their homes for work.
My musical education, in spite of the limitations of opportunity just mentioned, was the best that the time could afford.Reminiscences, 1819-1899|Julia Ward Howe.
We wondered how these unfashionable people about us could look so contented and afford to order such liberal supplies.The Car That Went Abroad|Albert Bigelow Paine
British Dictionary definitions for afford
Word Origin for afford
Word Origin and History for afford
Change of -th- to -d- took place late 16c. (and also transformed burthen and murther into their modern forms). Prefix shift to af- took place 16c. under mistaken belief that it was a Latin word in ad-. Notion of "accomplish" (late Old English) gradually became "manage to buy or maintain; have enough money (to do something)" (1833). Older sense is preserved in afford (one) an opportunity. Related: Afforded; affording.