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"afford" in British English

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affordverb

uk   /əˈfɔːd/  us   /-ˈfɔːrd/
  • 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 tobuy 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   us   /əˈfɔːd/
can afford to be able to ​buy or do something because you have enough ​money: He is over 60 and can't afford his ​pensioncontributions.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 ​payattention to any controversy.
(Definition of afford from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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