from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To have the financial means for; bear the cost of: not able to afford a new car.
- transitive v. To manage to spare or give up: can't afford an hour for lunch.
- transitive v. To manage or bear without disadvantage or risk to oneself: can afford to be tolerant.
- transitive v. To make available; provide: a sport affording good exercise; a tree that affords ample shade.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. 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.
- v. To offer, provide, or supply, as in selling, granting, expending, with profit, or without loss or too great injury.
- v. To give forth; to supply, yield, or produce as the natural result, fruit, or issue.
- v. To give, grant, or confer, with a remoter reference to its being the natural result; to provide; to furnish.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To give forth; to supply, yield, or produce as the natural result, fruit, or issue
- transitive v. To give, grant, or confer, with a remoter reference to its being the natural result; to provide; to furnish.
- transitive v. To offer, provide, or supply, as in selling, granting, expending, with profit, or without loss or too great injury
- transitive v. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To promote; further; forward; carry out; accomplish; achieve; manage.
- To give, yield, produce, or confer upon; yield, furnish, supply, as an effect or a result, as of growth, effort, or operation: as, the earth affords grain; trade affords profit; religion affords consolation to the afflicted; the transaction afforded him a good profit; to afford one an agreeable sensation.
- To manage, be able, or have the means (with an infinitive clause); be able to give or bear, spare, or meet the expense of (with an object-noun): always, from the implication of ability, with may or can: as, we can afford to sell cheap; he might afford to gratify us; you can well afford the expense.
- Synonyms To supply, furnish, bestow, communicate, give, impart.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be able to spare or give up
- v. be the cause or source of
- v. have the financial means to do something or buy something
- v. afford access to
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.
The plan DOES offer a Public Option, it allows people to go into a plan where they are means tested so that all they can afford is taken from them in order to allow them to participate along side whats being done with a capped global budget VA style system for the have-nots.
The one tax credit the world cannot afford is the child tax credit. if you can't afford the kids ..... don't have them, should become the by word for the world.
They are ignoring transportation costs as a factor in afford-ability.
One reason that many people like me do not give as much as they can afford, is the seeming irrelevance of a single contribution.
Beach police captain to buy a home he couldn't afford from the captain's wife.
Despite my good work record and my skills, I can't get a job to save my life, and all we can afford is catastrophic health insurance (if I get hit by a Mack Truck, I'm covered, anything less and I'm SOL).
What I can't afford is the cost of doing nothing, which seems to be the GOP plan.