- 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
Examples from the Web for affords
Part of the experience with any tobacco is the relationship it affords with time.Is That Pipe Tobacco Locally Grown?
April 14, 2013
Is it pompous to wonder why, as a working journalist, Wikipedia affords the other guy that title?The Dangers of Trusting Wikipedia With Your Life
April 2, 2013
What a majority of Israelis support is the principle of separation that the “two-state solution” affords.Apartheid Ambiguity
November 5, 2012
Running Hyde Park in the early morning affords a blend of sights, sounds, and, yes, smells.Running the World
July 25, 2009
He will take them into the lighthouse and up the spiral staircase to the top, which affords a spectacular view of the Arabian Sea.An Excerpt from Between the Assassinations
June 10, 2009
This Causse affords some interesting facts for evolutionists.The Roof of France
Yet, today, it hardly more than affords me room to roost on.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
It affords an adequate idea of the march of facts and of ideas.Initiation into Philosophy
My present situation, I am sure, thought I, affords a sad evidence of this truth!Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
The present affords just cause for satisfaction; the future is bright with hope.Latin America and the United States
- (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 and History for affords
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.