Afford

Definition of Afford

Af`ford´   Pronunciation: ăf`fōrd´
v. t.1.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.
[imp. & p. p. Afforded; p. pr. & vb. n. Affording.]
2.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.
- Addison.
The quiet lanes . . . afford calmer retreats.
- Gilpin.
3.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.
4.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.
- Hamilton.
He could afford to suffer
With those whom he saw suffer.
- Wordsworth.

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