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Definition of the verb afford

What does afford mean as a doing word?

Afford is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: afforded | affording | affords

  1. be able to spare or give up
    • example: I can't afford to spend two hours with this person
    • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
    • more generic words: drop / expend / spend = pay out
  2. be the cause or source of
  3. have the financial means to do something or buy something
    • examples: We can't afford to send our children to college | Can you afford this car?
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
  4. afford access to
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonyms of afford: give / open

Alternative definition of the verb afford


  1. 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.
  2. To offer, provide, or supply, as in selling, granting, expending, with profit, or without loss or too great injury.
  3. To give forth; to supply, yield, or produce as the natural result, fruit, or issue.
  4. To give, grant, or confer, with a remoter reference to its being the natural result; to provide; to furnish.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for afford

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Google previewSocial Physics (2014)

How Social Networks Can Make Us Smarter by Alex Pentland

had the earth been divided into equal portions among all its inhabitants, and thus without intending it, without knowing it, advance the interest of the society, and afford means to the multiplication of the species.' The power of markets to ...

Google previewDictionary of English Etymology (1859)

by Hensleigh Wedgwood (M.A.)

To Afford. From signifying a market the term forum ...

Google previewA Valency Dictionary of English (2004)

A Corpus-based Analysis of the Complementation Patterns of English Verbs, Nouns, and Adjectives by Thomas Herbst

-> P2 P3 P4 P5 Afford can mean 'have the resources to do. be ...

Google previewLondon Encyclopaedia; Or, Universal Dictionary of Science, Art, Literature and Practical Mechanics (1829)

Comprising a Popular View of the Present State of Knowledge

AFFORD, v. The etymologies given of this word are unsatisfactory. It signifies to yield, produce, grant, give; also, to furnish for a certain price. So soon, as Maurmon there arriv'd, the door To him did open, and afforded way. Faerie Queene.

Google previewPharmaceutical Manufacturing Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (2013)

by William Andrew Publishing

A few drops of AcOH were added to decompose excess CH2N2, then the mixture was filtered and stripped to afford 12.6 g (96%) of methyl 4-(4-iodo-1- ...

Google previewThe American Business Encyclopedia and Legal Adviser (1913)

To cover this briefly, "Symbol A shall denote a non-subscriber who can unquestionably afford service, should have it, and is considering it." Let us analyze this definition. To begin with, it is apparent that the "A" class cannot by any possible ...

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Afford to Let Alone

"A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone." Walden, Henry David Thoreau

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It is amazing that people who think we cannot afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, and medication somehow think that we can afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, medication and a government bureaucracy to administer it. (Thomas Sowell)
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Scrabble value of A1F4F4O1R1D2

The value of this 6-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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