to undergo or feel pain or distress: The patient is still suffering.
to sustain injury, disadvantage, or loss: One's health suffers from overwork. The business suffers from lack of capital.
to undergo a penalty, as of death: The traitor was made to suffer on the gallows.
to endure pain, disability, death, etc., patiently or willingly.
to undergo, be subjected to, or endure (pain, distress, injury, loss, or anything unpleasant): to suffer the pangs of conscience.
to undergo or experience (any action, process, or condition): to suffer change.
to tolerate or allow: I do not suffer fools gladly.
- suf·fer·a·ble, adjective
- suf·fer·a·ble·ness, noun
- suf·fer·a·bly, adverb
- suf·fer·er, noun
- non·suf·fer·a·ble, adjective
- non·suf·fer·a·ble·ness, noun
- non·suf·fer·a·bly, adverb
- outsuffer, verb (used with object)
- pre·suf·fer, verb
- un·suf·fer·a·ble, adjective
- un·suf·fer·a·ble·ness, noun
- un·suf·fer·a·bly, adverb
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How to use suffer in a sentence
If we were to laugh, it would never be at the expense of anyone who was suffering.
I’ve suffered from lower-back problems for years, and I’m so tight that I scream out loud when I try to touch my toes.5 Pieces of Gear That Help Me Stay Active During Winter | Jakob Schiller | February 11, 2021 | Outside Online
Let’s say you’re suffering from deep depression, and you call a doctor’s office.Can I Ask You a Ridiculously Personal Question? (Ep. 451) | Stephen J. Dubner | February 11, 2021 | Freakonomics
If you’re someone whose extremities suffer in the cold, think about investing in hand warmers.Best hand warmers: Block the chill during your favorite winter activities | PopSci Commerce Team | February 10, 2021 | Popular-Science
We have been suffering a lot, so we need people to work with us, with our language translated for us.African Communities Warn Language Issues Could Shut Them Out of Redistricting | Maya Srikrishnan | February 10, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
I suffer from no delusion that the justice system treats black and white equally.
How does it happen that citizens of modest means suffer as public sector unions gain?
“One-third of South Asians and more than half of all Sub-Saharan Africans suffer from malnutrition or undernutrition,” he writes.The History of the Chicken: How This Humble Bird Saved Humanity | William O’Connor | December 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The birds are debeaked, suffer ulcers, and terrible feet conditions.The History of the Chicken: How This Humble Bird Saved Humanity | William O’Connor | December 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He was instructed several times to abuse the kids, he says, or he would suffer the abuse.
We suffer, nearly all of us, from a lack of quantitative grasp and from an imperfect grasp of form.The Salvaging Of Civilisation | H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
My mother opposed her vow to his; not to suffer her child to leave her, till the time of her being professed.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
They will try to compel you to confession; and, though you are blameless, you will suffer the cruelest ordeal of transgression.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
Is there any earthly father who would allow his children to suffer as God allows Man to suffer?God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
In that case, Valerie, you shall suffer no constraint; you shall continue here as you have done.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for suffer
to undergo or be subjected to (pain, punishment, etc)
(tr) to undergo or experience (anything): to suffer a change of management
(intr) to be set at a disadvantage: this author suffers in translation
to be prepared to endure (pain, death, etc): he suffers for the cause of freedom
(tr) archaic to permit (someone to do something): suffer the little children to come unto me
to be ill with, esp recurrently
to be given to: he suffers from a tendency to exaggerate
- sufferer, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with suffer
see not suffer fools gladly.
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