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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 af·ford /əˈford, ˈfɔrd/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Af·ford v. t. [imp. & p. p. Afforded; p. pr. & vb. n. Affording.]
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: be able to spare or give up; "I can't afford to spend two
           hours with this person"
      2: be the cause or source of; "He gave me a lot of trouble";
         "Our meeting afforded much interesting information" [syn:
         yield, give]
      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?"
      4: afford access to; "the door opens to the patio"; "The French
         doors give onto a terrace" [syn: open, give]