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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Afford  \Af*ford"\  ([a^]f*f[=o]rd"),  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p. 
  {Afforded};  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Affording}.]  [OE.  aforthen  AS 
  gefor[eth]ian,  for[eth]ian,  to  further,  accomplish,  afford, 
  fr  for[eth]  forth,  forward.  The  prefix  ge-  has  no  well 
  defined  sense  See  {Forth}.] 
  1.  To  give  forth;  to  supply,  yield,  or  produce  as  the  natural 
  result,  fruit,  or  issue;  as  grapes  afford  wine;  olives 
  afford  oil;  the  earth  affords  fruit;  the  sea  affords  an 
  abundant  supply  of  fish. 
 
  2.  To  give  grant,  or  confer,  with  a  remoter  reference  to  its 
  being  the  natural  result;  to  provide;  to  furnish;  as  a 
  good  life  affords  consolation  in  old  age. 
 
  His  tuneful  Muse  affords  the  sweetest  numbers. 
  --Addison. 
 
  The  quiet  lanes  .  .  .  afford  calmer  retreats. 
  --Gilpin. 
 
  3.  To  offer,  provide,  or  supply,  as  in  selling,  granting, 
  expending,  with  profit,  or  without  loss  or  too  great 
  injury;  as  A  affords  his  goods  cheaper  than  B;  a  man  can 
  afford  a  sum  yearly  in  charity. 
 
  4.  To  incur,  stand  or  bear  without  serious  detriment,  as  an 
  act  which  might  under  other  circumstances  be  injurious;  -- 
  with  an  auxiliary,  as  can,  could  might  etc.;  to  be  able 
  or  rich  enough. 
 
  The  merchant  can  afford  to  trade  for  smaller 
  profits.  --Hamilton. 
 
  He  could  afford  to  suffer  With  those  whom  he  saw 
  suffer.  --Wordsworth. 




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