Suffer meaning

sŭfər
To feel pain or distress; sustain injury or harm.

Suffer from arthritis; made the people suffer for their disloyalty.

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To allow; permit; tolerate.
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(intransitive) To become worse.

If you keep partying like this, your school-work will suffer.

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(archaic) To allow.
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To undergo (something painful or unpleasant, as injury, grief, a loss, etc.); be afflicted with.
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To undergo or experience (any process, esp. change)
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To bear up under; endure.

They could not suffer opposition.

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To suffer is to undergo or endure something that is very unpleasant.

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.

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(intransitive) To feel pain.

At least he didn't suffer when he died in the car crash.

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(intransitive, construed with from) To have a disease or condition.

He's suffering from the flu this week.

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I've been suffering your insults for years; we hope you never have to suffer the same pain.

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To experience pain, harm, loss, a penalty, etc.
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To be at a disadvantage.

My grades suffer by comparison with yours.

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(archaic) To tolerate or endure evil, injury, etc.
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(intransitive) To undergo hardship.
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Origin of suffer

  • 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

  • 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