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  • verb
    -fords; -forded; -fording
    [+ obj] to be able to pay for (something)
    We were too poor to afford a doctor.
    He'll be able to afford a house  year.
    Don't spend more than you can afford.
    They couldn't afford new coats for the children. - often followed by to + verb
    Don't spend more than you can afford to (spend).
    to be able to do (something) without having problems or being seriously harmed
    We can afford waiting a while longer.
    usually followed by to + verb
    We can afford to wait a while longer.
    usually used in negative constructions
    She's already too thinShe can't afford to lose any more weight. = She can ill afford to lose any more weight.
    formal :to supply or provide (something needed or wanted) to someone
    All of the rooms afford views of the lake.