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"afford" in British English

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affordverb

uk   /əˈfɔːd/ us   /əˈfɔːrd/
  • afford verb (HAVE ENOUGH)

can afford

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B1 to be able to buy or do something because you have enough money or time: I don't know how he can afford a new car on his salary. Few people are able to afford cars like that. She couldn't afford the time off work to see him. [+ to infinitive] I can't afford to buy a house.
(Definition of afford from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"afford" in American English

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affordverb [I/T]

us   /əˈfɔrd, əˈfoʊrd/
to have enough money or time to buy, keep, or do something: [T] I don’t know how he can afford a new car. [I] Can you afford to take any time off work?
(Definition of afford from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"afford" in Business English

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affordverb [T]

uk   /əˈfɔːd/ us  
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.
(Definition of afford from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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