- (GA) enPR: ə-fōrdʹ, IPA: /əˈfoɹd/, /əˈfɔɹd/
- (RP) IPA: /əˈfɔːd/
- (rhotic, horse-hoarse) IPA: /əˈfo(ː)ɹd/
- (nonrhotic, horse-hoarse) IPA: /əˈfoəd/
afford (affords, present participle affording; past and past participle afforded)
- 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.
- I think we can afford the extra hour it will take. We can only afford to buy a small car at the moment.
- 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314 ↗, page 0088 ↗:
- “[…] We are engaged in a great work, a treatise on our river fortifications, perhaps? But since when did army officers afford the luxury of amanuenses in this simple republic? […]”
- To offer, provide, or supply, as in selling, granting, expending, with profit, or without loss or too great injury.
- A affords his goods cheaper than B.
- To give forth; to supply, yield, or produce as the natural result, fruit, or issue.
- Grapes afford wine. Olives afford oil. The earth affords fruit. The sea affords an abundant supply of fish.
- To give, grant, or confer, with a remoter reference to its being the natural result; to provide; to furnish.
- A good life affords consolation in old age.
- French: permettre
- German: leisten, imstande sein
- Italian: permettersi
- Portuguese: conseguir pagar, lidar
- Russian: позволять
- Spanish: costear, permitirse