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Afford

To be able to buy something. Theoretically, one can afford anything so long as one has the money to purchase it. However, affordability is subjective to a certain extent, depending on one's other obligations, wants and needs. See also: Expensive, Cheap.
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We used to laugh at Jane, but she can afford to laugh at the luckiest of us now.
The result is that the tradesmen are becoming better artists than they, and naturally so; for where, as in photography, the drawing counts for nothing, the thought and judgment count for everything; whereas in the etching and daubing processes, where great manual skill is needed to produce anything that the eye can endure, the execution counts for more than the thought, and if a fellow only fit to carry bricks up a ladder or the like has ambition and perseverance enough to train his hand and push into the van, you cannot afford to put him back into his proper place, because thoroughly trained hands are so scarce.
Plenty of British workmen, supplanted in their employment by machinery, or cheap foreign labor, or one thing or another, were quite willing to go; but as they couldn't afford to pay their passages to Canada, the Company appealed to the benevolent to pay for them by subscription, as the change would improve their miserable condition.
As I cannot afford to pension him for life, I get rid of him by assisting him to emigrate.
All this gave great satisfaction to Anselmo, and he said he would afford the same opportunity every day, but without leaving the house, for he would find things to do at home so that Camilla should not detect the plot.
Anselmo believed him, and to afford him an opportunity more free and less liable to surprise, he resolved to absent himself from his house for eight days, betaking himself to that of a friend of his who lived in a village not far from the city; and, the better to account for his departure to Camilla, he so arranged it that the friend should send him a very pressing invitation.
3 : to supply or provide someone with <Tennis affords good exercise.
The consolidation of these widely experienced pilots and Naval Flight Officers affords new E/F units valuable continuity and serves to shorten the learning curves associated with employing a new aircraft in familiar tactical mission profiles.
It also affords many parishioners a degree of freedom, access, and voice unlikely to be found in their pews.
The challenge to all is to adapt our way of thinking to accept and use the new reach that so much change affords us.
Specifically, this article examines whether an applicant's authorization to release personnel information affords immunity from defamation liability for former employers who disclose such information to a law enforcement organization.
The marvel of Anish Kapoor's sandstone sculptures (all 1993) is that they are able to renew the sense of enigma and ineffability that the best abstract art affords while seemingly not bound by the terms of its history, even as it uses them.