cannot afford

cannot afford
is beyond his reach, cannot allow himself

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • cannot afford it — cannot allow oneself, does not have enough money …   English contemporary dictionary

  • afford — v. 1) to well afford 2) (formal) (A) it afforded great pleasure to him; or: it afforded him great pleasure 3)(E; preceded by the forms: can cannot can t could) we cannot afford to buy a new house; we can ill afford to lose this contract 4)… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • afford */*/*/ — UK [əˈfɔː(r)d] / US [əˈfɔrd] verb [transitive] Word forms afford : present tense I/you/we/they afford he/she/it affords present participle affording past tense afforded past participle afforded Get it right: afford: Afford is never followed by a… …   English dictionary

  • afford — af|ford [ ə fɔrd ] verb transitive *** 1. ) if you can afford something, you have enough money to be able to pay for it. This word always follows can, could, or be able to : I m not sure how they are able to afford such expensive vacations. We… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • afford — [[t]əfɔ͟ː(r)d[/t]] ♦♦♦ affords, affording, afforded 1) VERB If you cannot afford something, you do not have enough money to pay for it. [V n] My parents can t even afford a new refrigerator... [V n] The arts should be available to more people at… …   English dictionary

  • afford — af|ford W3S1 [əˈfo:d US o:rd] v [T] [: Old English; Origin: geforthian to carry out , from forth] 1.) can/could afford [usually negative] a) to have enough money to buy or pay for something afford [to do] sth ▪ We can t afford to go on vacation… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • afford*/*/*/ — [əˈfɔːd] verb [T] 1) can afford or be able to afford to have enough money to pay for something I m not sure how they are able to afford such expensive holidays.[/ex] The company simply cannot afford to keep all its staff.[/ex] 2) can afford or be …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • afford — /ə fɔ:d/ verb to be able to pay for or buy something ● We could not afford the cost of two telephones. ● The company cannot afford the time to train new staff. (NOTE: Only used after can, cannot, could, could not, able to) …   Dictionary of banking and finance

  • I cannot afford it — it is out of my budget, it is too expensive; it is too difficult …   English contemporary dictionary

  • afford — verb ADVERB ▪ easily, well ▪ She can well afford to pay for herself. ▪ barely, hardly, ill, just, not really …   Collocations dictionary

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