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[ uh-fawrd, uh-fohrd ]SEE DEFINITION OF affords
  • verbable to have or do; within financial means
  • verbgive, produce

Synonyms for affords

  • allow
  • manage
  • bear
  • incur
  • spare
  • stand
  • support
  • sustain
  • be able to
  • be disposed to
  • have enough for
  • have the means for

Antonyms for affords

  • refuse
  • reject
  • take away
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This Causse affords some interesting facts for evolutionists.

Yet, today, it hardly more than affords me room to roost on.

It affords an adequate idea of the march of facts and of ideas.

My present situation, I am sure, thought I, affords a sad evidence of this truth!

The present affords just cause for satisfaction; the future is bright with hope.

All this affords a supreme lesson as to the value of observation with a purpose.

It also affords the advantage of being able to express your ideas in all fields.

Thank you, friend; we can dispense with any, save what the moon affords us.

The next day is worthy of record for the sharp contrast it affords.

It affords no explanation of the facts of adaptation, and has no causal value.


Old English geforðian "to put forth, contribute; further, advance; carry out, accomplish," from ge- completive prefix (see a- (1)) + forðian "to further," from forð "forward, onward" (see forth).

Change of -th- to -d- took place late 16c. (and also transformed burthen and murther into their modern forms). Prefix shift to af- took place 16c. under mistaken belief that it was a Latin word in ad-. Notion of "accomplish" (late Old English) gradually became "manage to buy or maintain; have enough money (to do something)" (1833). Older sense is preserved in afford (one) an opportunity. Related: Afforded; affording.

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