1. be able to spare or give up

- I can't afford to spend two hours with this person

Definition categories: consumption, drop, expend, spend

2. be the cause or source of

- Our meeting afforded much interesting information

Similar word(s): give, yield

Definition categories: possession, furnish, provide, render, supply

3. have the financial means to do something or buy something

- We can't afford to send our children to college

- Can you afford this car?

Definition categories: stative

4. afford access to

Similar word(s): give, open

Definition categories: possession

Sentences with afford as a verb:

- I think we can afford the extra hour it will take.  We can only afford to buy a small car at the moment.

- A affords his goods cheaper than B.  A man can afford a sum yearly in charity.

- Grapes afford wine.  Olives afford oil.  The earth affords fruit.  The sea affords an abundant supply of fish.

- A good life affords consolation in old age.