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suffer

[ suhf-er ]
/ ˈsʌf ər /
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verb (used without object)
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.
verb (used with object)
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Origin of suffer

1200–50; Middle English suff(e)ren<Latin sufferre, equivalent to suf-suf- + ferre to bear1; compare Old French sofrir<Vulgar Latin *sufferīre

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How to use suffer in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for suffer

suffer
/ (ˈsʌfə) /

verb
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 disadvantagethis 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
suffer from
  1. to be ill with, esp recurrently
  2. to be given tohe suffers from a tendency to exaggerate

Derived forms of suffer

sufferer, noun

Word Origin for suffer

C13: from Old French soffrir, from Latin sufferre, from sub- + ferre to bear

usage for suffer

It is better to avoid using the words suffer and sufferer in relation to chronic illness or disability. They may be considered demeaning and disempowering. Suitable alternative are have, experience, be diagnosed with
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Other Idioms and Phrases with suffer

suffer

see not suffer fools gladly.

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