Synonyms for afford

Grammar : Verb
Spell : uh-fawrd, uh-fohrd
Phonetic Transcription : əˈfɔrd, əˈfoʊrd

Top 10 synonyms for afford Other synonyms for the word afford

Définition of afford

Origin :
  • Old English geforðian "to put forth, contribute; further, advance; carry out, accomplish," from ge- completive prefix (see a- (1)) + forðian "to further," from forð "forward, onward" (see forth).
  • Change of -th- to -d- took place late 16c. (and also transformed burthen and murther into their modern forms). Prefix shift to af- took place 16c. under mistaken belief that it was a Latin word in ad-. Notion of "accomplish" (late Old English) gradually became "manage to buy or maintain; have enough money (to do something)" (1833). Older sense is preserved in afford (one) an opportunity. Related: Afforded; affording.
  • verb able to have or do; within financial means
  • verb give, produce
Example sentences :
  • Even this, however, failed to afford them as much variety as they wished.
  • Extract from : « Brave and Bold » by Horatio Alger
  • There is in this city a rag-picker so wealthy that he can afford to drink wine every day.
  • Extract from : « Punchinello, Vol. 1. No. 20, August 13, 1870 » by Various
  • If he had engaged himself to a handsome schoolmistress, it was his fancy, and he could afford it.
  • Extract from : « Malbone » by Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • From these I shall endeavor to derive all the advantages which they may afford.
  • Extract from : « United States Presidents' Inaugural Speeches » by Various
  • Both will afford me encouragement and support in the vicissitudes which yet await me.
  • Extract from : « Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. 327 » by Various
  • Our Government is able to afford a suitable army and a suitable navy.
  • Extract from : « United States Presidents' Inaugural Speeches » by Various
  • We cannot afford to do everything, nor can we afford to lack boldness as we meet the future.
  • Extract from : « United States Presidents' Inaugural Speeches » by Various
  • Nothing, my dear Dick, save pay four times as much as he can afford.
  • Extract from : « Viviette » by William J. Locke
  • It was more than she could; she seemed to think Harriett had no business to afford it.
  • Extract from : « Life and Death of Harriett Frean » by May Sinclair
  • It can cost me nothing except her good opinion, which I can afford.
  • Extract from : « Weighed and Wanting » by George MacDonald

Antonyms for afford

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