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  1. To incur, stand, or bear without serious detriment, as an act which might under other circumstances be injurious; -- with an auxiliary, as can, could, might, etc.; to be able or rich enough.
I think we can the extra hour it will take.
We can only to buy a small car at the moment.
  1. To offer, provide, or supply, as in selling, granting, expending, with profit, or without loss or too great injury
A affords his goods cheaper than B.
A man can a sum yearly in charity.
  1. To give forth; to supply, yield, or produce as the natural result, fruit, or issue.
Grapes wine.
Olives oil.
The earth affords fruit.
The sea affords an abundant supply of fish.''
  1. To give, grant, or confer, with a remoter reference to its being the natural result; to provide; to furnish.
A good life affords consolation in old age.
    Etymology: From afÅrthen, geforíian, foríian, to further, accomplish, afford, fr. forí forth, forward. The prefix ge- has no well defined sense. See Forth.

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