afford

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afford is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
afford

Pronunciation[change]

  • IPA: /ʌˈfoɹd/
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Verb[change]

Plain form
afford

Third-person singular
affords

Past tense
afforded

Past participle
afforded

Present participle
affording

  1. (transitive & intransitive) If you can afford something, you have enough money or resources to buy it or do it.
    The richer people, who could afford it, built large houses.
    We cannot afford to put another person on the project.
    I'm afraid I can't afford to waste more time here.
  2. (transitive), (formal) If you afford someone something, you give it or allow it.
    The Government has continued to afford him protection.
    The city took the opportunity afforded by the break in the weather.

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