Definition of Suffer

1. Verb. Undergo or be subjected to. "Many saints suffered martyrdom"

Exact synonyms: Endure
Specialized synonyms: Tolerate, Die
Generic synonyms: Experience, Go Through, See
Antonyms: Enjoy

2. Verb. Undergo (as of injuries and illnesses). "He got his arm broken in the scuffle"
Exact synonyms: Get, Have, Sustain
Specialized synonyms: Break Down, Collapse, Cramp, Break Up, Collapse, Crack, Crack Up, Crock Up
Related verbs: Have
Generic synonyms: Experience, Get, Have, Receive
Derivative terms: Sufferer

3. Verb. Experience (emotional) pain. "Sam and Sue suffer"; "Every time her husband gets drunk, she suffers"
Related verbs: Abide, Bear, Brook, Digest, Endure, Put Up, Stand, Stick Out, Stomach, Support, Tolerate
Generic synonyms: Experience, Feel
Specialized synonyms: Agonise, Agonize, Anguish, Lose, Grieve, Sorrow
Derivative terms: Sufferer, Suffering, Suffering

4. Verb. Put up with something or somebody unpleasant. "Sam cannot suffer Sue "; "She stuck out two years in a miserable marriage"

5. Verb. Get worse. "His grades suffered"
Generic synonyms: Decline, Worsen
Related verbs: Lose

6. Verb. Feel pain or be in pain. "Sam and Sue suffer"
Exact synonyms: Hurt
Specialized synonyms: Have, Choke, Gag, Strangle, Suffocate, Ail, Famish, Hunger, Starve
Generic synonyms: Be
Derivative terms: Hurt, Hurting, Sufferance, Sufferer, Suffering, Suffering
Antonyms: Be Well

7. Verb. Feel physical pain. "Sam and Sue suffer"; "Were you hurting after the accident?"
Exact synonyms: Ache, Hurt
Generic synonyms: Comprehend, Perceive
Specialized synonyms: Catch, Get, Twinge, Prick, Sting, Twinge, Kill
Derivative terms: Ache, Aching, Hurt, Hurting, Sufferer, Suffering, Suffering

8. Verb. Feel unwell or uncomfortable. "She is suffering from the hot weather"
Specialized synonyms: Freeze, Swelter
Generic synonyms: Be

9. Verb. Be given to. "She suffers from a tendency to talk too much"
Generic synonyms: Be Given, Incline, Lean, Run, Tend

10. Verb. Undergo or suffer. "Suffer a terrible fate"
Exact synonyms: Meet
Generic synonyms: Experience, Go Through, See

11. Verb. Be set at a disadvantage. "This author really suffers in translation"
Exact synonyms: Lose
Generic synonyms: Decline, Worsen

Definition of Suffer

1. v. t. To feel, or endure, with pain, annoyance, etc.; to submit to with distress or grief; to undergo; as, to suffer pain of body, or grief of mind.

2. v. i. To feel or undergo pain of body or mind; to bear what is inconvenient; as, we suffer from pain, sickness, or sorrow; we suffer with anxiety.

Definition of Suffer

1. Verb. (intransitive) To undergo hardship. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To feel pain. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive construed with '''from''') To have a disease or condition. ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) To become worse. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To endure, undergo. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive archaic) To allow. ¹

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Definition of Suffer

1. to feel pain or distress [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Suffer

suffer (current term)
suffer fools gladly

Literary usage of Suffer

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Iliad of Homer by Homer, John Graham Cordery (1871)
"Yet still Apollo pitied Hector fall'n, Nor suffer'd aught unseemly there to rest, But cast about the dead a golden shield, That not a single hair should ..."

2. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1895)
"Pearson adds, ' I think he will never suffer me to see him again.' In the spring of 1654 he was in London, ..."

3. Publications (1853)
"... 2• suffer injury to the detriment of their soul's salvation. Having, therefore, with her Bridegroom, overcome in ma». x. 2s. suffering and death for his ..."

4. The woman in white by Wilkie Collins (1871)
"... will not suffer Mr. Hartright to disturb that repose by remaining in the house under circumstances of an essentially irritating nature to both sides. ..."

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