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UK [əˈfɔː(r)d] / US [əˈfɔrd] verb [transitive]
Word forms "afford":
present tense I/you/we/they afford he/she/it affords present participle affording past tense afforded past participle afforded
Get it right: afford:

Afford is never followed by a verb in the -ing form. Use an infinitive:
Wrong: What about people who cannot afford going to these kind of centres?
Right: What about people who cannot afford to go to these kind of centres?
Wrong: The army can afford buying up to 10 tanks a year.
Right: The army can afford to buy up to 10 tanks a year.
1) if you can afford something, you have enough money to be able to pay for it. This word usually follows "can", "could", or "be able to"

I'm not sure how they are able to afford such expensive holidays.

We need a bigger house, but we just can't afford the rent.

can/can't afford to do something:

The company simply cannot afford to pay overtime.

2) if you can afford something you can do it without having to worry about it causing problems for you. This word always follows "can", "could", or "be able to"

Scientists are going abroad, taking with them skills that our country can ill afford (= cannot afford) to lose.

I'm so busy, I can rarely afford the luxury of a restful weekend.

can/can't/be unable to afford to do something:

No politician can afford to ignore the power of television.

3) formal to provide something
afford protection/shelter:

The vaccination also affords protection against polio.

afford someone something:

Letters survive that afford us a glimpse into his everyday life.


English dictionary. 2014.

Look at other dictionaries:

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  • afford — [ə fôrd′] vt. [ME aforthen < OE geforthian, to advance < forthian, to further] 1. to have enough or the means for; bear the cost of without serious inconvenience: used with can or be able [I m not able to afford a car; can you afford the… …   English World dictionary

  • afford — UK US /əˈfɔːd/ verb [T] ● can afford Cf. can afford …   Financial and business terms

  • afford — (v.) O.E. geforðian to put forth, contribute; further, advance; carry out, accomplish, from ge completive prefix (see A (Cf. a ) (1)) + forðian to further, from forð forward, onward (see FORTH (Cf. forth)). Change of th to d took place late 16c.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • afford — [v1] able to have or do; within financial means allow, be able to, bear, be disposed to, have enough for, have the means for, incur, manage, spare, stand, support, sustain; concepts 335,713 afford [v2] give, produce bestow, furnish, grant, impart …   New thesaurus

  • afford — ► VERB 1) (can/could afford) have sufficient money, time, or means for. 2) provide (an opportunity or facility). DERIVATIVES affordability noun affordable adjective. ORIGIN Old English, «promote, perform»; related to FORTH(Cf. ↑ …   English terms dictionary

  • afford — index administer (tender), allow (endure), bear (yieid), bequeath, bestow, contribute (supply) …   Law dictionary

  • afford — *give, confer, bestow, present, donate Analogous words: *offer, proffer: *furnish: *grant, accord Antonyms: deny (something one wants, asks, hopes for) pm4]Contrasted words: withhold, hold, hold back (see KEEP): refuse, * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • afford — v. 1) to well afford 2) (formal) (A) it afforded great pleasure to him; or: it afforded him great pleasure 3)(E; preceded by the forms: can cannot can t could) we cannot afford to buy a new house; we can ill afford to lose this contract 4)… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • afford — af|ford W3S1 [əˈfo:d US o:rd] v [T] [: Old English; Origin: geforthian to carry out , from forth] 1.) can/could afford [usually negative] a) to have enough money to buy or pay for something afford [to do] sth ▪ We can t afford to go on vacation… …   Dictionary of contemporary English


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