- 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.