Meaning of suffer

suffer




The verb suffer means to feel pain or something equally unpleasant. You’d probably do anything you could to be sure your beloved cat didn’t suffer when she got old and sick.

You can suffer from the pain of a broken leg, but you can also suffer from shyness, regret, poverty, or any number of unpleasant things. You can even describe something that becomes worse using the word suffer, like when someone’s grades suffer during soccer season. The root of suffer is the Latin word sufferre, to bear, undergo, or endure. That’s why someone who doesn’t suffer fools gladly won’t put up with nonsense.

Definitions of suffer
  1. verb

    undergo or be subjected to

    “He
    suffered the penalty”
    “Many saints
    suffered martyrdom”
    synonyms:

    endure

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    Antonyms:

    enjoy

    have for one’s benefit
    types:

    tolerate

    have a tolerance for a poison or strong drug or pathogen or environmental condition
    die

    suffer or face the pain of death
    type of:

    experience, go through, see

    go or live through

  2. verb

    undergo (as of injuries and illnesses)

    “She
    suffered a fracture in the accident”
    synonyms:

    get, have, sustain

    have

    suffer from; be ill with
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    break down, collapse

    collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack
    cramp

    suffer from sudden painful contraction of a muscle
    break up, collapse, crack, crack up, crock up

    suffer a nervous breakdown
    drop like flies

    rapidly collapse, die, or drop out in large numbers
    fall over, go over

    fall forward and down
    type of:

    experience, get, have, receive

    go through (mental or physical states or experiences)

  3. verb

    undergo or suffer

    suffer a terrible fate”
    synonyms:

    meet

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    type of:

    experience, go through, see

    go or live through

  4. verb

    feel pain or be in pain

    synonyms:

    hurt

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    be well

    be healthy; feel good
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    have

    suffer from; be ill with
    choke, gag, strangle, suffocate

    struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake
    ail

    be ill or unwell
    famish, hunger, starve

    be hungry; go without food
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    be

    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

  5. verb

    feel physical pain

    synonyms:

    ache, hurt

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    catch, get

    suffer from the receipt of
    twinge

    feel a sudden sharp, local pain
    prick, sting, twinge

    cause a stinging pain
    kill

    be the source of great pain for
    prick, prickle

    cause a prickling sensation
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    comprehend, perceive

    become aware of through the senses

  6. verb

    experience (emotional) pain

    “Every time her husband gets drunk, she
    suffers
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    abide, bear, brook, digest, endure, put up, stand, stick out, stomach, support, tolerate

    put up with something or somebody unpleasant
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    agonise, agonize

    suffer agony or anguish
    anguish

    suffer great pains or distress
    lose

    suffer the loss of a person through death or removal
    grieve, sorrow

    feel grief
    languish

    experience prolonged suffering in an unpleasant situation or place
    mourn

    feel sadness
    compassionate, condole with, feel for, pity, sympathize with

    share the suffering of
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    experience, feel

    undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind

  7. verb

    feel unwell or uncomfortable

    “She is
    suffering from the hot weather”
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    types:

    freeze

    be cold
    swelter

    be uncomfortably hot
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    be

    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

  8. verb

    put up with something or somebody unpleasant

    synonyms:

    abide, bear, brook, digest, endure, put up, stand, stick out, stomach, support, tolerate

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    accept, live with, swallow

    tolerate or accommodate oneself to
    hold still for, stand for

    tolerate or bear
    bear up

    endure cheerfully
    take lying down

    suffer without protest; suffer or endure passively
    take a joke

    listen to a joke at one’s own expense
    sit out

    endure to the end
    pay

    bear (a cost or penalty), in recompense for some action
    get one’s lumps, take one’s lumps

    suffer the results or consequences of one’s behavior or actions
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    allow, countenance, let, permit

    consent to, give permission

  9. verb

    be given to

    “She
    suffers from a tendency to talk too much”
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    type of:

    be given, incline, lean, run, tend

    have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined

  10. verb

    get worse

    “His grades
    suffered
    Synonyms:

    lose

    be set at a disadvantage
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    type of:

    decline, worsen

    grow worse

  11. verb

    be set at a disadvantage

    “This author really
    suffers in translation”
    synonyms:

    lose

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    decline, worsen

    grow worse

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