Meaning of “afford” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb [ T ] uk us /əˈfɔːd/
can afford

B1 to have enough money to buy something or enough time to do something:

I can't afford a new computer.
[ + to do sth ] Can we afford to go away?
I'd love to come out but I can't afford the time.
can afford to do sth

If you can afford to do something, it is possible for you to do it without causing problems:

We can't afford to take that risk.

(Definition of “afford” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)