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suffer

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1 to come to a knowledge of (something) by living through it
  • willingly suffered hardships so that their children would have a better life

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2 to feel deep sadness or mental pain
  • the husband suffered deeply at the mere suggestion that he had been unfaithful

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3 to give permission for or to approve of
  • contends that the death penalty is something that no civilized society should suffer

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4 to fail to prevent (some behavior on someone's part) especially from neglect or indifference
  • I will not suffer you to insult me so!

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bear, suffer, endure, abide, tolerate, stand mean to put up with something trying or painful. bear usually implies the power to sustain without flinching or breaking. forced to bear a tragic loss suffer often suggests acceptance or passivity rather than courage or patience in bearing. suffering many insults endure implies continuing firm or resolute through trials and difficulties. endured years of rejection abide suggests acceptance without resistance or protest. cannot abide their rudeness tolerate suggests overcoming or successfully controlling an impulse to resist, avoid, or resent something injurious or distasteful. refused to tolerate such treatment stand emphasizes even more strongly the ability to bear without discomposure or flinching. unable to stand teasing

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The first known use of suffer was in the 13th century

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“Suffer.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/suffer. Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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