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suffer

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of suffer

  1. 1 to come to a knowledge of (something) by living through it willingly suffered hardships so that their children would have a better life Synonyms of suffer endure, feel, have, know, pass, see, experience, sustain, taste, undergo, witnessWords Related to suffer encounter, meet; accept, receive; assimilate, digest

  2. 2 to feel deep sadness or mental pain the husband suffered deeply at the mere suggestion that he had been unfaithful Synonyms of suffer agonize, anguish, bleed, hurt, mourn, sorrow, grieveWords Related to suffer ache, long (for), pine (away), sigh, smart; rack, torment, torture; bemoan, bewail, deplore, lament, rue; bawl, blubber, cry, groan, howl, keen, moan, sob, take on, wail, weep, yammer, yowl; languish; regretNear Antonyms of suffer beam, cheer, crow, delight, exult, glory, joy, laugh, ravish, rejoice, triumph; assure, cheer, comfort, commiserate, console, reassure, solace, soothe, sympathize

  3. 3 to give permission for or to approve of contends that the death penalty is something that no civilized society should suffer Synonyms of suffer green-light, have, permit, allowWords Related to suffer authorize, commission, license (also licence); accede (to), acquiesce, agree (to), assent (to), consent (to), OK (or okay), warrant; accord, concede, grant, sanction, vouchsafe; admit, brook, condone, countenance, endure, support, tolerateNear Antonyms of suffer hinder, impede, obstruct; censure, disallow, disapprove, deny, interdict, refuse, reject, revoke, suppress, withhold; deplore, discountenance, disfavor, dislike, frown (at or on), grudge; check, curb, keep, repress, restrainAntonyms of suffer ban, enjoin, forbid, prohibit, proscribe, veto

  4. 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! Synonyms of suffer let, permit, allow, tolerateWords Related to suffer brush (aside or off), condone, disregard, ignore, overlook, shrug off, wink (at); excuse, forgive, pardon; brook, cater (to), give in (to), humor, indulgeNear Antonyms of suffer forbid, prohibit; curb, deter, discourage, frustrate, hold back, impede, inhibit, interfere (with)Antonyms of suffer bar, block, constrain, prevent

Synonym Discussion of suffer

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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