• WordNet 3.6
    • v afford be able to spare or give up "I can't afford to spend two hours with this person"
    • v afford be the cause or source of "He gave me a lot of trouble","Our meeting afforded much interesting information"
    • v afford afford access to "the door opens to the patio","The French doors give onto a terrace"
    • v afford 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?"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Adolf Hitler was one of the people that was responsible in the creation of the Volkswagen Beetle. He came up with the idea of producing a car that was cheap enough for the average German working man to afford.
    • Afford To give forth; to supply, yield, or produce as the natural result, fruit, or issue; as, grapes afford wine; olives afford oil; the earth affords fruit; the sea affords an abundant supply of fish.
    • Afford To give, grant, or confer, with a remoter reference to its being the natural result; to provide; to furnish; as, a good life affords consolation in old age. "His tuneful Muse affords the sweetest numbers.""The quiet lanes . . . afford calmer retreats."
    • Afford 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. "The merchant can afford to trade for smaller profits.""He could afford to suffer
      With those whom he saw suffer."
    • Afford To offer, provide, or supply, as in selling, granting, expending, with profit, or without loss or too great injury; as, A affords his goods cheaper than B; a man can afford a sum yearly in charity.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There is an organization called SCROOGE in Charlottesville, Virginia that stands for Society to Curtail Ridiculous, Outrageous, and Ostentatious Gift Exchanges. This was formed to keep gift giving affordable and simple
    • afford To promote; further; forward; carry out; accomplish; achieve; manage.
    • afford 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.
    • afford 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.
    • afford Synonyms To supply, furnish, bestow, communicate, give, impart.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The kilt was invented by a English gentleman who came to Scotland to open a factory because he got tired of his Scottish workers showing up in a long tunic with a belt (they couldn't afford pants). Rather than raise wages so they could afford pants he invented the kilt which is just a lot of fabric and they could afford that. The kilt did not become a symbol of clan pride until the English banned the kilt in Scotland. Then it became part of national pride to wear the newly invented clan plaids.
    • v.t Afford af-fōrd′ to yield or produce: to be able to sell, to expend, or to bear the expense of.
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  • Northrop Frye
    “The pursuit of beauty is much more dangerous nonsense than the pursuit of truth or goodness, because it affords a stronger temptation to the ego.”
  • Marshall Mcluhan
    “A successful book cannot afford to be more than ten percent new.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “A woman never knows what she really wants until she fins out what her husband cannot afford.”
  • James Baldwin
    “A child cannot be taught by anyone who despises him, and a child cannot afford to be fooled.”
  • Germaine De Stael
    Germaine De Stael
    “The sense of this word among the Greeks affords the noblest definition of it; enthusiasm signifies God in us.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
    “The pleasures of the imagination are as it were only drawings and models which are played with by poor people who cannot afford the real thing.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. aforthen, AS. geforðian, forðian, to further, accomplish, afford, fr. forð, forth, forward. The prefix ge-, has no well defined sense. See Forth
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. aforthen, from A.S. geforthian or forthian, to further or cause to come forth.


In literature:

He could afford to be gay.
"A Spoil of Office" by Hamlin Garland
The less a mind is able to do, the less it can afford to have anything done for it.
"The Lost Art of Reading" by Gerald Stanley Lee
The complete equipment affords to men lying prone considerable protection against shrapnel.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
I believe it will afford us ample conversation for another interview.
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
The town affords an unparalleled opportunity to learn nasty things in a nasty way.
"The New Education" by Scott Nearing
It is not, however, necessary to use such great instruments to obtain some idea of the aid the telescope will afford.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
It affords no impediment to the view.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
Sea-lions come out of the water in large numbers to sun themselves upon this rock, affording an amusing sight from the shore.
"Foot-prints of Travel" by Maturin M. Ballou
This often affords temporary relief.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume II (of VI)" by Various
Boys are clothed in the finest material the family can afford; girls, in rags.
"History of Education" by Levi Seeley

In poetry:

My God, thy suppliant hear:
Afford a gentle ear:
For I am comfortless,
And labour in distress.
"My God, Thy Suppliant Hear" by George Sandys
This still my soul's desire
Whatever life afford --
To gain my soul's desire
And see Thy face, O Lord
"The Soul's Desire" by Anonymous Irish
What though the fading year
One wreath will not afford
To grace the poet's hair,
Or deck the festal board;
"To Mr. Barbauld" by Anna Laetitia Aikin Barbauld
Your fare I will afford you -
Deal him a deadly blow,
And blessings shall reward you.
"The Rival Curates" by William Schwenck Gilbert
What pleasure earth affords to kings
I have enjoyed
Through its long vivid pulse-stirrings
Even till it cloyed.
"A King's Soliloquy [On the Night of His Funeral]" by Thomas Hardy
Ah, my deare angrie Lord,
Since thou dost love, yet strike;
Cast down, yet help afford;
Sure I will do the like.
"Bitter-Sweet" by George Herbert

In news:

Did you know that a new kitchen can afford you freedom from drudgery.
Green Village in Seattle's Chinatown International District serves Chinese cuisine at affordable prices.
The Anglo-Dutch consumer-goods giant is making a big effort to tailor products for African customers: affordable food, water-thrifty washing powders and grooming products to fit local tastes.
These new buildings will rise to 12 or 14 stories and hopefully make room for affordable housing inside.
Bayside Communities Acquires Controlling Interest in 20 Affordable and Seniors Housing Properties.
Forbes' highest paid under-30 actress can afford to buy expensive sneakers -- but her silver and black high tops by French designer Barbara Bui cost $680.
The farmers market affords the city dweller a taste of fresh.
If you need a photocopier but can't afford to pay hundreds of dollars for a new one, here's an idea you may want to copy.
Can you really afford to replace or upgrade this computer, after spending so much money on failures in the past.
She showed viewers how to make some affordable and easy lobster recipes.
The Kensington ClipNGlow Task Light and Copyholder is one of the most affordable ways we know to reduce the hassle and strain of on-the-road computing.
Various safeguards that are afforded to holders of copyrights and design patents.
Various safeguards that are afforded to holders of copyrights and design patents: Other issues that will help designers defend and protect their work.
Larson Electronics' announced the release of an affordable LED explosion-proof LED light fixture designed specifically for use in wet and corrosive locations.
That is especially true when it comes to a college education, which President Obama promised during the 2008 campaign to make more affordable.

In science:

It becomes realistic and affordable to build a CsI detector in the range of 1-ton in target mass for a reactor neutrino experiment.
A CsI(Tl) Scintillating Crystal Detector for the Studies of Low Energy Neutrino Interactions
Additional terms appear in the matrix theory currents which depend upon the higher degree of sensitivity to operator ordering afforded by the matrix description.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
Examples of such configurations are afforded by triangulations with pockets, where two triangles are incident on a vertex, or by triangulations where the star of a vertex may contain just one triangle.
The modular geometry of Random Regge Triangulations
GL2 (Qp ) be a representation that extends the GK -representation afforded by the p-adic Tate module of E and that has minimal conductor (say N ) amongst its twists.
Belyi parametrisations of elliptic curves and congruence defects
Again, the simplicity of the model affords an analytic explanation of why the solution near the biggest shock shows a larger velocity amplitude compared to the Burger equation.
A simple model for drag reduction