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Definition 1: be able to spare or give up - [verb of consumption]

Samples where afford or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I can't afford to spend two hours with this person

(afford is a kind of ...) pay out

"spend money"

Definition 2: be the cause or source of - [verb of possession]

Samples where afford or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He gave me a lot of trouble
  • Our meeting afforded much interesting information

Synonyms for afford in the sense of this definition

(afford is a kind of ...) give something useful or necessary to

"We provided the room with an electrical heater"

(... is a kind of afford ) make available

"This opens up new possibilities"

(... is a kind of afford ) make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain

"This leaves no room for improvement" "The evidence allows only one conclusion" "allow for mistakes" "leave lots of time for the trip" "This procedure provides for lots of leeway"

(afford has a similar meaning as ...) cause to have, in the abstract sense or physical sense

"She gave him a black eye" "The draft gave me a cold"

Definition 3: afford access to - [verb of possession]

Samples where afford or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the door opens to the patio
  • The French doors give onto a terrace

Synonyms for afford in the sense of this definition

Definition 4: have the financial means to do something or buy something - [verb of stative]

Samples where afford or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We can't afford to send our children to college
  • Can you afford this car?

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