Suffer Definition

suffered, suffering, suffers
suffered, suffering, suffers
To experience pain, harm, loss, a penalty, etc.
Webster's New World
To have a specified shortcoming or weakness.
Writing that suffers from poor organization.
American Heritage
To be at a disadvantage.
My grades suffer by comparison with yours.
Webster's New World
To undergo (something painful or unpleasant, as injury, grief, a loss, etc.); be afflicted with.
Webster's New World
To sustain a loss, setback, or decline in effectiveness; become worse.
When morale drops, the company's performance suffers.
American Heritage

Origin of Suffer

  • From Middle English suffren, from Anglo-Norman suffrir, from Latin suffero (“to offer, hold up, bear, suffer"), from sub- (“up, under") + ferō (“I carry"), from Proto-Indo-European *bÊ°er- (“to bear, carry").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English suffren from Old French sufrir from Vulgar Latin sufferīre from Latin sufferre sub- sub- ferre to carry bher-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition


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