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
On a new track that was designed with a safety-first mentality, none of the 90 horses who ran in 10 races suffered obvious injuries.
Sharpe suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the left arm and was pronounced dead at 5:43 a.m. Saturday at Mount Sinai Hospital, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
Having reluctantly unhooked himself from the Internet of Trees, Bran (along with his long-suffering pal Meera Reed) has made it down to the Wall, where he’s greeted by the strapping but phlegmatic boys of the Night’s Watch.
The victim suffered a cut to the face during the incident.
Danta wasn't injured in the wreck, but his car suffered extensive damage.
Each year, more than 300,000 high school athletes across the country suffer concussions, which can bring headaches, dizziness and blurred vision, reports show.
Volquez already suffered an ankle injury during the first inning of his no-hitter on June 3rd and spent time on the DL in May due to a thumb blister.
Hartman-Compton, who played at Butler and suffered knee injuries during her career, could relate to the competing arguments informing her son’s decision.
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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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