- When a person gets cancer, this is an example of a situation where a person suffers from cancer.
- When your grades become worse because you don't study, this is an example of a situation where your grades suffer.
- When you are willing to cope with your friend being mean to you, this is an example of a situation where you suffer the unkindness of a friend.
To suffer is to undergo or endure something that is very unpleasant.
- 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
Origin of sufferMiddle English suffren from Anglo-French suffrir from Old French sofrir from Vulgar Latin an unverified form sufferire, for Classical Latin sufferre, to undergo, endure from sub-, sub- + ferre, to bear
- to experience pain, harm, loss, a penalty, etc.
- to be at a disadvantage: my grades suffer by comparison with yours
- Archaic to tolerate or endure evil, injury, etc.
verbsuf·fered, suf·fer·ing, suf·fers
- 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 )
Origin of sufferMiddle English suffren from Old French sufrir from Vulgar Latin sufferīre from Latin sufferre sub- sub- ferre to carry ; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present suffers, present participle suffering, simple past and past participle suffered)
- (intransitive) To undergo hardship.
- (intransitive) To feel pain.
- At least he didn't suffer when he died in the car crash.
- (intransitive, construed with from) To have a disease or condition.
- He's suffering from the flu this week.
- (intransitive) To become worse.
- If you keep partying like this, your school-work will suffer.
- To endure, undergo.
- I've been suffering your insults for years; we hope you never have to suffer the same pain
- (archaic) To allow.