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afford

af·ford

afford

 
 
pronunciation:
ford
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Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: afforded, affording, affords
definition 1: to have enough money to buy (something); be able to meet (an expense).
I can't afford such an expensive car.
similar words:
bear, manage, meet, pay, provide, support
definition 2: to be able to do (something) without fear of serious consequences.
We can afford to take our time with this project because there is no deadline and no urgency about money right now.Can you really afford to take a month off from work?I can't afford to get another speeding ticket; if I do, I'll lose my license.
synonyms:
bear
similar words:
chance, manage, risk, spare, stand
definition 3: to provide.
Travels affords the opportunity to explore other cultures and other ways of life.
synonyms:
provide
similar words:
furnish, give, lend, offer, supply
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derivation: affordable (adj.)