verb \ˈsə-fər\

: to experience pain, illness, or injury

: to experience something unpleasant (such as defeat, loss, or damage)

: to become worse because of being badly affected by something

suf·feredsuf·fer·ing \-f(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of SUFFER

transitive verb
a :  to submit to or be forced to endure <suffer martyrdom>
b :  to feel keenly :  labor under <suffer thirst>
:  to put up with especially as inevitable or unavoidable
:  to allow especially by reason of indifference <the eagle suffers little birds to sing — Shakespeare>
intransitive verb
:  to endure death, pain, or distress
:  to sustain loss or damage
:  to be subject to disability or handicap
suf·fer·able \ˈsə-f(ə-)rə-bəl\ adjective
suf·fer·able·ness noun
suf·fer·ably \-blē\ adverb
suf·fer·er \ˈsə-fər-ər\ noun

Examples of SUFFER

  1. He died instantly and did not suffer.
  2. He suffered a heart attack and died instantly.
  3. She suffered an injury during the game.
  4. We suffered a great deal during the war.
  5. I hate to see a child suffer.
  6. She suffered through another one of their long visits.
  7. The team suffered a defeat in the play-offs.
  8. Their relationship suffered because of her work.

Origin of SUFFER

Middle English suffren, from Anglo-French suffrir, from Vulgar Latin *sufferire, from Latin sufferre, from sub- up + ferre to bear — more at sub-, bear
First Known Use: 13th century


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