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English verb: afford

1. afford (consumption) be able to spare or give up

SamplesI can't afford to spend two hours with this person.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)drop, expend, spend

2. afford (possession) be the cause or source of

SamplesHe gave me a lot of trouble.
Our meeting afforded much interesting information.

Synonymsgive, yield

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)furnish, provide, render, supply

Narrower (hyponym)allow, allow for, leave, open, open up, provide

Verb groupgive

3. afford (stative) have the financial means to do something or buy something

SamplesWe can't afford to send our children to college.
Can you afford this car?.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

4. afford (possession) afford access to

SamplesThe door opens to the patio.
The French doors give onto a terrace.

Synonymsgive, open

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP

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