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
The man suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and his condition was stabilized at Stroger Hospital.
Georgia’s peach crop is suffering much worse than expected after an overly warm winter and a hard freeze in early spring.
Gonzales is described as being depressed and may be suffering from paranoia, police said.
The national egoism that had inflicted so much suffering before 1945 would be suppressed on a new vision in which international politics would come to look more and more like domestic politics.
Officers responding to a notification of gunfire found the girl and a 38-year-old man suffering from apparent gunshot wounds at 7th and North Van Buren streets.
Just one week ago, stocks suffered their worst rout in eight months as concerns over Trump’s presidency surfaced.
Such ends were not unusual; Moseley cites one estimate that correspondents suffered a higher casualty rate during the war than combat troops did.
They are meant to suffer in the weight room, torture themselves on the field, grind toward the ultimate goal without ever finding satisfaction, even in victory.
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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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