verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of suffer
Examples from the Web for suffer
“One-third of South Asians and more than half of all Sub-Saharan Africans suffer from malnutrition or undernutrition,” he writes.
The birds are debeaked, suffer ulcers, and terrible feet conditions.
Take responsibility for an endless stream of people, even as our own suffer, and struggle to get policy relief from Washington.The Progressive Case Against Birthright Citizenship|Keli Goff|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Research suggests that light boxes can help up to 50 percent of people who suffer from SAD.
Jackson's story is unique, but only in how long he was made to suffer for a crime he didn't commit.For Ricky Jackson, a Just Verdict—But 39 Years Too Late|Cliff Schecter|November 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This matter is so important that the man who undertakes it and fails should suffer death.The Children's Hour, v 5. Stories From Seven Old Favorites|Eva March Tappan
She must suffer, her conscience must trouble her, in a way her life must be as hard to bear as his.Fast as the Wind|Nat Gould
Oh that we had the traitor who has dragged this gallant young officer to death, so that he might suffer in his stead!The Story of American History|Albert F. Blaisdell
I did not suffer their entrance nor their exit to excite me.
But we calmly submitted to the numerous indignities heaped upon us, feeling that it was better to suffer wrong than to do wrong.Scraps of Biography|Various
British Dictionary definitions for suffer
- to be ill with, esp recurrently
- to be given tohe suffers from a tendency to exaggerate
Word Origin for suffer
Word Origin and History for suffer
early 13c., "to be made to undergo, endure" (pain, death, punishment, judgment, grief), from Anglo-French suffrir, Old French sufrir, from Vulgar Latin *sufferire, variant of Latin sufferre "to bear, undergo, endure, carry or put under," from sub "up, under" (see sub-) + ferre "to carry" (see infer).
Replaced Old English þolian, þrowian. Meaning "to meekly submit to hardship" is from late 13c. That of "to undergo" (distress, suffering, etc.) is mid-14c. Meaning "to tolerate, allow" something to occur or continue is recorded from mid-13c. Related: Suffered; suffering.
Idioms and Phrases with suffer
see not suffer fools gladly.