Learner's definition of AFFORD
to be able to pay for (something)
We were too poor to afford a doctor.
He'll be able to afford a house next year.
Don't spend more than you can afford.
They couldn't afford new coats for the children.
— often followed by to + verb
to be able to do (something) without having problems or being seriously harmed
— usually followed by to + verb
— usually used in negative constructions
to supply or provide (something needed or wanted) to someone
[more affordable; most affordable]