Definition of "afford" []

  • To have the financial means for; bear the cost of: not able to afford a new car. (verb-transitive)
  • To manage to spare or give up: can't afford an hour for lunch. (verb-transitive)
  • To manage or bear without disadvantage or risk to oneself: can afford to be tolerant. (verb-transitive)
  • To make available; provide: a sport affording good exercise; a tree that affords ample shade. (verb-transitive)
  • To be able to do or spare something, esp without incurring financial difficulties or without risk of undesirable consequences (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To give, yield, or supply (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "afford" in a sentence
  • "The one thing we certainly cannot afford is leaving the control frauds under the control of fraudulent CEOs."
  • "When you are already working with limited space, one thing you surely cannot afford is a reduction in the existing floor space."
  • "If the government would raise the minimum wage to a decent amount mothers can once again afford to stay home with their children while the father works."