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
You have to suffer on the path in the near term, so that you make money over the next two, three years.The biggest risks and opportunities for investors in 2021 | matthewheimer | November 20, 2020 | Fortune
Next, the adolescents answered 13 questions designed to figure out if they suffered from depression.
Even for the majority of us who don’t suffer from something like misophonia or phonophobia, it’s still easy — at least I’d argue it’s easy — to appreciate that noise can generate strong emotions.
A second juvenile suffered an apparent gunshot wound inside a home in the 10300 block of Steamboat Landing Lane in Burke on Wednesday afternoon, police said.One juvenile killed, another wounded in Fairfax County shootings | Justin Jouvenal, Dana Hedgpeth | November 11, 2020 | Washington Post
The 45th Infantry Division was still reeling from the discovery of 39 boxcars containing thousands of corpses outside the camp, and from hearing the accounts of surviving inmates of the atrocities they had suffered since the camp had opened, in 1933.How Dachau’s American Liberator Protected Nazi POWs | Pallabi Munsi | November 11, 2020 | Ozy
Depression is often a laborious uphill struggle for the sufferer and their loved ones.The Burden Robin Williams Carried: Diagnosed With Parkinson’s and Depression | Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Tej Azad | August 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The sufferer determines that death is the only way to cease the pain.The Professor and the Doomsday Clock: ‘A Confederacy of Dunces’ & Signs of John Kennedy Toole’s Suicide | Cory MacLauchlin | December 17, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Chief Justice Rehnquist, who oversaw the Clinton impeachment, was, like Perry, a lower-back-pain sufferer.
But many migraines come on completely mysteriously, no matter how careful a sufferer has been to avoid triggers.
In the past, people largely attributed epidemics to God or nature or the individual sufferer.
It was he who deserved punishment—not the sufferer with his calamities imposed upon him by his erring sire.
They obeyed, and the third day after brought to us the sufferer, whose life they had despaired of, in a half-dying condition.
Portugal is this time the scene of the disaster, the sufferer being the Baquet Theatre in Oporto.Asbestos | Robert H. Jones
He was the friend of Laud, by whose influence he was promoted, and by whose fall he was a great sufferer.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
When together the law presumes she acted from his coercion, he therefore must be the sufferer, while she escapes.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
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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