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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 previewCommercium philosophico-technicum (1763)

or, The philosophical commerce of arts: designed as an attempt to improve arts, trades, and manufactures by William Lewis

vitrescent state has been procured by means of saline substances ; that those' which hold the least salt are the most easily changed, and that the porcelain they afford is the most perfect j and that those, in which the proportion of salt is large, ...

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 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%) ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; Or Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, &c. Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

To AFFORD. v. a. [affourrer, affeurrager.~\ Fr.] 1. To yield or produce ; as, the foil affords grata ; the trees afford fruits. This seems to be the primitive signification. 1. To grant, or confer any thing; generally in a good sense, and sometimes in a ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Metropolitana, Or, Universal Dictionary of Knowledge (1845)

Comprising the Twofold Advantage of a Philosophical and an Alphabetical Arrangement, with Appropriate Engravings by Edward Smedley, Hugh James Rose, Henry John Rose

Though an unwieldly affluence may afford some empty pleasure to the imagination, yet that small pleasure is far from being able to countervail the imbittering ...

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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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