- to be able to do, manage, or bear without serious consequence or adverse effect: The country can't afford another drought.
- to be able to meet the expense of; have or be able to spare the price of: Can we afford a trip to Europe this year? The city can easily afford to repair the street.
- to be able to give or spare: He can't afford the loss of a day.
- to furnish; supply: The transaction afforded him a good profit.
- to be capable of yielding or providing: The records afford no explanation.
- to give or confer upon: to afford great pleasure to someone.
Origin of afford
Related Words for affordedmanage, allow, provide, grant, offer, support, bear, sustain, incur, stand, spare, render, supply, yield, bestow, impart, furnish
Examples from the Web for afforded
Contemporary Examples of afforded
Federal judges are afforded a great deal of leeway by the legal system due to the difficulty of removing them from office.The Ray Rice of Judges May Keep His Job
September 11, 2014
But as a white kid I was afforded every opportunity to reform and reinvent myself, so I did.The Progressive White Guy's Guide to Privilege
September 6, 2014
There, they are represented by a union and are afforded full police protection when something goes wrong.Why It's Time to Legalize Prostitution
August 15, 2014
All this beautiful acceptance we are afforded can quickly evaporate.Gaza, You're No Good For My Marriage
August 9, 2014
But the intensity of the mob around Allen is not afforded to every celebrity.
Historical Examples of afforded
Here too experience has afforded us the most satisfactory proof in its favor.
But I was not content with the first view that had been afforded me at the Exchange.
And the beard shut out the indications which the mouth and chin might have afforded.The Night Riders
Ganymede was of a tenacious mettle, and of this he now afforded proof.Bardelys the Magnificent
Samoval observed this rather with contempt than with satisfaction in the advantage it afforded him.The Snare
- (preceded by can, could, etc) to be able to do or spare something, esp without incurring financial difficulties or without risk of undesirable consequenceswe can afford to buy a small house; I can afford to give you one of my chess sets; we can't afford to miss this play
- to give, yield, or supplythe meeting afforded much useful information
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.