afford

To afford means you have enough money or time for something. If you only have ten dollars on you, you can't afford to buy a twenty dollar hat.

Afford is a verb that has to do with means. You either have a surplus and therefore can afford something, or else you have a deficit and can’t. It can be in the monetary sense: "$100 for cashmere socks? I can’t afford that!” It can also refer to time: “Since my train wasn't scheduled leave for another hour, I could afford to wait for my sister ten more minutes.” Or even access: “The castle walls afforded a wonderful view of the moat.”

DEFINITIONS OF: afford

1

v have the financial means to do something or buy something

“We can't afford to send our children to college”
“Can you afford this car?”

v be able to spare or give up

“I can't afford to spend two hours with this person”
Type of:
drop, expend, spend
pay out

v be the cause or source of

“Our meeting afforded much interesting information”
Synonyms:
give, yield
give
cause to have, in the abstract sense or physical sense
Types:
open, open up
make available
allow, allow for, leave, provide
make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain
Type of:
furnish, provide, render, supply
give something useful or necessary to

v afford access to

Synonyms:
give, open
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