verb (used with object)
Origin of afford
Related Words for affordmanage, allow, provide, grant, offer, support, bear, sustain, incur, stand, spare, render, supply, yield, bestow, impart, furnish
Examples from the Web for afford
Contemporary Examples of 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?
December 15, 2014
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
Selling off the extras, I saw my neighbor marvel at the scent and murmur that he wished he could afford one.A Million Ways to Die in Prison
December 8, 2014
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.This Fashion World Darling Is Homeless
December 2, 2014
Women who could afford to make bail started being released every two hours early Wednesday afternoon.Dispatch From USC Protests over Ferguson
Maya Richard Craven
November 30, 2014
Historical Examples of afford
Even this, however, failed to afford them as much variety as they wished.Brave and Bold
There is in this city a rag-picker so wealthy that he can afford to drink wine every day.
If he had engaged himself to a handsome schoolmistress, it was his fancy, and he could afford it.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
From these I shall endeavor to derive all the advantages which they may afford.
Both will afford me encouragement and support in the vicissitudes which yet await me.
Word Origin 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.