• verb: to be able to pay for (something)
  • verb: to manage to bear without serious detriment
  • often followed by 'to + verb'
  • synonyms: provide, furnish


  • She's already too thin. She can't 'afford to lose' any more weight. = She can 'ill afford''to lose' any more weight.

  • They couldn't 'afford to buy' new coats for the children.

  • He was 'afforded' the opportunity to work for a judge.

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  • (..) And once the Investigation is complete, we'll be able to share the actual computer simulations For now, they remain confidential. We cannot afford a leak to the press. There has been far too much talk for the press already. When the complete cockpit voice is compiled, alongside with onboard (..)
    2016 Sully