- 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 affordingmanage, allow, provide, grant, offer, support, bear, sustain, incur, stand, spare, render, supply, yield, bestow, impart, furnish
Examples from the Web for affording
Contemporary Examples of affording
My first week in Tel Aviv was one meeting followed by another, affording little time to enjoy this emerald by the sea of a city.
Sometimes just affording your life there can feel like a perpetual grind.
The only thing it may have accomplished was affording Touré a live audition for his own network show in the near future.Piers Morgan Vs. Touré: How the CNN Host Blew It
March 31, 2012
Historical Examples of affording
To most of us "expanding" and "affording" amount to the same thing.The Conquest of Fear
Fortunately the composition was polished, affording little friction.Slaves of Mercury
Again he leaped clear, affording us another chance for a picture.Tales of Fishes
Never is he happier than by affording pleasure to his friends.'A Day's Ride
Charles James Lever
Distress was all around him, with no possibility of his affording any relief.Ferdinand De Soto, The Discoverer of the Mississippi
John S. C. Abbott
- (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.