Definition of suffer
1a : to submit to or be forced to endure suffer martyrdomb : to feel keenly : labor under suffer thirst
3 : to put up with especially as inevitable or unavoidable
4 : to allow especially by reason of indifference the eagle suffers little birds to sing — William Shakespeare
1 : to endure death, pain, or distress
2 : to sustain loss or damage
3 : to be subject to disability or handicap
sufferableplay \ˈsə-f(ə-)rə-bəl\ adjective
sufferablyplay \-blē\ adverb
suffererplay \ˈsə-fər-ər\ noun
Examples of suffer in a Sentence
He died instantly and did not suffer.
He suffered a heart attack and died instantly.
She suffered an injury during the game.
We suffered a great deal during the war.
I hate to see a child suffer.
She suffered through another one of their long visits.
The team suffered a defeat in the play-offs.
Their relationship suffered because of her work.
Recent Examples of suffer from the Web
That’s bad news for birds already suffering, Morrissey says.
The first is that the IQ gap delegitimizes policy devoted to redressing the injustices that black people have suffered.
In San Bernardino, three boys, ages 8, 9 and 10, suffered cuts to their faces, arms and chest while trying to light up an aerosol can, San Bernardino police Lt.
As Groberg pushed the attacker away from his teammates, the former collegiate runner at the University of Maryland suffered permanent injuries and saved the lives of several of his fellow soldiers.
While some casual fans might suffer from sticker shock at this number, this shouldn’t be a deal that Utah winds up regretting, even if Hayward does bolt and even if Ingles’ three-point shooting regresses next season.
People in areas very prone to suffer disasters – such as counties on a coastline or in a river plain – were three times more likely to leave areas following a severe shock than people in a typical county.
Powers, 57, suffered serious complications, resulting in a two-week hospital stay that included visits from several specialists.
Children, the elderly, and those who suffer from asthma are particularly sensitive to its effects.
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Synonym Discussion of suffer
SUFFER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of suffer for English Language Learners
: 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
SUFFER Defined for Kids
Definition of suffer for Students
1 : to feel or endure pain, illness, or injury She suffers from arthritis.
2 : to experience something unpleasant Wilbur was merely suffering the doubts and fears that often go with finding a new friend. — E. B. White, Charlotte's Web
3 : to bear loss or damage Business suffered during the storm.
4 : to become worse His grades are suffering.
5 : 1permit 1 “I have done what man could. Suffer me to go.” — Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee
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