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To Affo'rd. v.a. [affourrer, affourrager, Fr.]

  1. To yield or produce; as, the soil affords grain; the trees afford fruits. This seems to be the primitive signification.

  2. To grant, or confer any thing; generally in a good sense, and sometimes in a bad, not properly.

    So soon as Maurmon there arrived, the door
    To him did open, and afforded way.
    Fairy Queen.

    This is the consolation of all good men, unto whom his ubiquity affordeth continual comfort and security; and this is the affliction of hell, to whom it affordeth despair and remediless calamity. Brown's Vulgar Errours, b. i. c. 2.

  3. To be able to sell. It is used always with reference to some certain price; as, I can afford this for less than the other.

    They fill their magazines in times of the greatest plenty, that so they may afford cheaper, and increase the public revenue at a small expence of its members. Addison on Italy.

  4. To be able to bear expences; as, traders can afford more finery in peace than war.

    The same errours run through all families, where there is wealth enough to afford that their sons may be good for nothing. Swift on Modern Education.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Browne, Thomas (203) · Spenser, Edmund (254) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

Attributes: French (385) · Verb Active (289)

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