- 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.
Origin of suffer
SynonymsSee more synonyms for suffer on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for suffered
These were cops who had worked the protests and suffered the accompanying verbal taunts and abuse.Shot Down During the NYPD Slowdown
January 7, 2015
Twelve-year-old dance prodigy Maddie Ziegler has suffered the wrath of Dance Moms tyrant Abby Lee Miller.See Burly Shia LaBeouf Interpretive Cage Fight Lil Sia in the Singer’s Fantastic New Music Video
January 7, 2015
My father has suffered two strokes and endured brain cancer since I was arrested and imprisoned.
I am always sick because of the cold and I have suffered constant lung infections over the past several months.
Like other barrier-breakers before him, Colfer suffered his share of doubters.Chris Colfer on Writing, Acting, and the Pain of Being A Pop Culture Trailblazer
December 15, 2014
He had suffered himself to regain something of his old cheerfulness of manner.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
I have suffered much since your brother carried me to Birmingham.
I was very much exhausted, and suffered greatly from hunger.Biography of a Slave
She had suffered so much, so poignantly, that at last her emotions had grown sluggish.
For that very reason, she suffered much from a conscience newly clamorous.
- 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
- to be ill with, esp recurrently
- to be given tohe suffers from a tendency to exaggerate
Word Origin and History for suffered
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 suffered
see not suffer fools gladly.