Pronunciation: (u-fôrd', u-fōrd'),[key] —v.t. 1. to be able to do, manage, or bear without serious consequence or adverse effect: The country can't afford another drought. 2. to be able to meet the expense of; have or be able to spare the price of: Can we afford a trip to Europe this year? The city can easily afford to repair the street. 3. to be able to give or spare: He can't afford the loss of a day. 4. to furnish; supply: The transaction afforded him a good profit. 5. to be capable of yielding or providing: The records afford no explanation. 6. to give or confer upon: to afford great pleasure to someone.