afford afford  /ə ˈfɔrd/


  1. (v) be able to spare or give up
  2. (v) be the cause or source of
  3. (v) have the financial means to do something or buy something
  4. (v) afford access to



  1. We can't afford to keep spending $10 billion a month in Iraq while the Iraqi government sits on a surplus.
  2. This is an incentive for banks to modify the terms of the loan so people can afford them.
  3. Because Iran's government cannot afford to further alienate the young people that comprise more than 35% of its population.


  1. What Can You Afford: House, Car or Vacation?

    Summer can be a big season for splurges, including escapes to the beach, a new set of wheels or even a new home. If you're trying to decide which of these purchases you might be able to afford, consider this: They all come with hidden costs. We asked money experts to identify them, along with common mistakes consumers make when it comes to their buying decisions.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: U.S.News & World Report LP via Yahoo! News

  2. Fewer 'food insecure', but many still struggle to afford meals on Treasure Coast

    STUART — Food insecurity dropped on the Treasure Coast this year, but almost 100,000 residents, including many children and senior citizens, struggle to afford meals in the area.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: St. Lucie News Tribune

  3. Man struggles to afford funeral for wife after Scott County flood

    A man struggles to afford a proper funeral for his wife, who died in rushing water last week in Scott County.
    on June 9, 2013     Source: KHBS - KHOG Fort Smith - Fayetteville


  1. "This isn't about me," Obama said. "This debate is about the letters I read when I sit in the Oval Office every day, and the stories I hear at town hall meetings.This debate is not a game for these Americans, and they cannot afford to wait...
    on Jul 22, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: Politico

  2. "We can't afford the leak that's now occurring. We certainly couldn't afford additional leaks in the future," Udall said.
    on Jul 7, 2010 By: Mark Udall Source: The Associated Press

  3. US 'Simply Cannot Afford to Fail in Middle East,' Gates Says December 18, 2006 - The United States "simply cannot afford to fail in the Middle East," incoming Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said during his swearing-in ceremony at the Pentagon...
    on Dec 8, 2006 By: Robert Gates Source: Malaysia Sun

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