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afford

verb

Definition: 1. to be able to spare or give up; 2. to be the cause or source of something; 3. to be able to buy or do something because the resources are available

Synonyms: allow, give, provide, manage, spare, bear, lend, furnish, yield

Antonyms: prevent

Tips: Afford has its origins in the Old English geforthian, meaning "to accomplish" or "to carry out." The modern association with financial ability relates to having enough money to carry something out. You will often hear the phrase, "it affords me the opportunity," which means it "allows" the opportunity.

Usage Examples:

I canít afford myself the luxury of taking an afternoon nap; thereís just too much work to be done. (allow, give)

The upcoming meeting will afford us the opportunity to get to know our client's needs. (provide, give)

The presentation afforded a lot of interesting new information. (provided)

They had to save for several years before they were able to afford a new car. (manage)


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