can afford

can afford
can afford
to be able to buy or do something because you have enough money: »

He is over 60 and can't afford his pension contributions.

can afford to do sth »

Debt is not necessarily a bad thing if the consumer can afford to pay it back.

to be able to do something without it causing problems: can afford to do sth »

We can afford to wait.


I can't afford to pay attention to any controversy.

Main Entry: afford

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • There is far too much law for those who can afford it, and far too little for those who cannot. — There is far too much law for those who can afford it, and far too little for those who cannot. There is far too much law for those who can afford it, and far too little for those who cannot. Derek Bok, President of Harvard University Nolo’s… …   Law dictionary

  • Afford — Af*ford ([a^]f*f[=o]rd ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Afforded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Affording}.] [OE. aforthen, AS. gefor[eth]ian, for[eth]ian, to further, accomplish, afford, fr. for[eth] forth, forward. The prefix ge has no well defined sense. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • afford — [ə fôrd′] vt. [ME aforthen < OE geforthian, to advance < forthian, to further] 1. to have enough or the means for; bear the cost of without serious inconvenience: used with can or be able [I m not able to afford a car; can you afford the… …   English World dictionary

  • afford — UK US /əˈfɔːd/ verb [T] ● can afford Cf. can afford …   Financial and business terms

  • afford */*/*/ — UK [əˈfɔː(r)d] / US [əˈfɔrd] verb [transitive] Word forms afford : present tense I/you/we/they afford he/she/it affords present participle affording past tense afforded past participle afforded Get it right: afford: Afford is never followed by a… …   English dictionary

  • afford — v. 1) to well afford 2) (formal) (A) it afforded great pleasure to him; or: it afforded him great pleasure 3)(E; preceded by the forms: can cannot can t could) we cannot afford to buy a new house; we can ill afford to lose this contract 4)… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • afford — af|ford [ ə fɔrd ] verb transitive *** 1. ) if you can afford something, you have enough money to be able to pay for it. This word always follows can, could, or be able to : I m not sure how they are able to afford such expensive vacations. We… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • afford — 01. We d like to go skiing this winter, but we can t really [afford] it right now because my wife isn t working. 02. I can t [afford] to go to the bar tonight because I spent too much last week. 03. We re hoping to go to Hawaii for our holidays,… …   Grammatical examples in English

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