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Afford meaning

afford - 5 dictionary results

  1. 1. To give forth; to supply, yield, or produce as the natural result, fruit, or issue; as, grapes afford wine; olives afford oil; the earth affords fruit; the sea affords an abundant supply of fish.
  2. 2. To give, grant, or confer, with a remoter reference to its being the natural result; to provide; to furnish; as, a good life affords consolation in old age.
  3. 3. To offer, provide, or supply, as in selling, granting, expending, with profit, or without loss or too great injury; as, A affords his goods cheaper than B; a man can afford a sum yearly in charity.
  4. 4. To incur, stand, or bear without serious detriment, as an act which might under other circumstances be injurious; - with an auxiliary, as can, could, might, etc.; to be able or rich enough.
  5. 5. To yield; to supply; to be able to expend.

afford - examples of usage

  1. I can't afford a kerridge. - "Liza of Lambeth", W. Somerset Maugham.
  2. So it is if one could afford to know anything about it. - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
  3. She couldn't afford to have a doctor, she couldn't. - "The Beautiful Wretch; The Pupil of Aurelius; and The Four Macnicols", William Black.
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