Definition of Suffer in English :

Define Suffer in English

Suffer meaning in English

Meaning of Suffer in English

Pronunciation of Suffer in English

Suffer pronunciation in English

Pronounce Suffer in English


see synonyms of suffer


1. endure, suffer

undergo or be subjected to

Example Sentences:
'He suffered the penalty'
'Many saints suffered martyrdom'

2. get, have, suffer, sustain

undergo (as of injuries and illnesses)

Example Sentences:
'She suffered a fracture in the accident'
'He had an insulin shock after eating three candy bars'
'She got a bruise on her leg'
'He got his arm broken in the scuffle'

3. suffer

experience (emotional) pain

Example Sentences:
'Every time her husband gets drunk, she suffers'

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

put up with something or somebody unpleasant

Example Sentences:
'I cannot bear his constant criticism'
'The new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarks'
'he learned to tolerate the heat'
'She stuck out two years in a miserable marriage'

5. suffer

get worse

Example Sentences:
'His grades suffered'

6. hurt, suffer

feel pain or be in pain

7. ache, hurt, suffer

feel physical pain

Example Sentences:
'Were you hurting after the accident?'

8. suffer

feel unwell or uncomfortable

Example Sentences:
'She is suffering from the hot weather'

9. suffer

be given to

Example Sentences:
'She suffers from a tendency to talk too much'

10. meet, suffer

undergo or suffer

Example Sentences:
'meet a violent death'
'suffer a terrible fate'

11. lose, suffer

be set at a disadvantage

Example Sentences:
'This author really suffers in translation'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of suffer
to undergo or be subjected to (pain, punishment, etc)
2. (transitive)
to undergo or experience (anything)
to suffer a change of management
3. (intransitive)
to be set at a disadvantage
this author suffers in translation
to be prepared to endure (pain, death, etc)
she suffers for the cause of freedom
5. (transitive) archaic
to permit (someone to do something)
suffer the little children to come unto me
6.  suffer from

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see synonyms of suffer
verb transitive
to undergo (something painful or unpleasant, as injury, grief, a loss, etc.); be afflicted with
to undergo or experience (any process, esp. change)
to allow; permit; tolerate
to bear up under; endure
now chiefly in negative constructions
they could not suffer opposition
verb intransitive
to experience pain, harm, loss, a penalty, etc.
to be at a disadvantage
my grades suffer by comparison with yours
7.  Archaic
to tolerate or endure evil, injury, etc.

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of suffer
v. suf·fered, suf·fer·ing, suf·fers
1. To feel pain or distress; sustain injury or harm: suffer from arthritis; made the people suffer for their disloyalty.
a. To have a specified shortcoming or weakness: writing that suffers from poor organization.
b. To sustain a loss, setback, or decline in effectiveness; become worse: When morale drops, the company's performance suffers.
c. To appear at a disadvantage: "He suffers by comparison with his greater contemporary" (Albert C. Baugh).
a. To experience, undergo, or feel (something painful, injurious, or unpleasant): suffer a heart attack; suffer a debilitating illness; suffer pain.
b. To undergo or be subjected to (a negative experience or development): a team that suffered a defeat; a species that suffered a decline in population; a business that suffered huge losses.
a. To put up with; tolerate: She does not suffer fools easily. See Synonyms at endure.
b. To permit; allow: "They were not suffered to aspire to so exalted a position as that of streetcar conductor" (Edmund S. Morgan).

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