Meaning of “afford” - Learner’s Dictionary

afford

verb [ T ] us uk /əˈfɔːd/
Extra Examples
They couldn't afford the rent.I can't afford to buy a bike, never mind a car!We couldn't afford to pay the lawyer's fee.Very few people can afford to pay those prices.I don't need a car and I can't afford one anyway.
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)