afford Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “afford” in the English Dictionary

"afford" in British English

See all translations

affordverb

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

can afford

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

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

See all translations

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

See all translations

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)
What is the pronunciation of afford?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“afford” in British English

There, their and they’re – which one should you use?
There, their and they’re – which one should you use?
by ,
April 27, 2016
by Liz Walter If you are a learner of English and you are confused about the words there, their and they’re, let me reassure you: many, many people with English as their first language share your problem! You only have to take a look at the ‘comments’ sections on the website of, for example, a popular

Read More 

Word of the Day

nutty

containing, tasting of, or similar to nuts

Word of the Day

bio-banding noun
bio-banding noun
April 25, 2016
in sport, grouping children according to their physical maturity rather than their age ‘When we’re grouping children for sports, we do it by age groups, but the problem is that, within those age groups, we get huge variations in biological age,’ said Dr Sean Cumming, senior lecturer at the University of Bath’s department for

Read More