suffer

The verb suffer means to feel pain or something equally unpleasant. You'd probably do anything you could to be sure your beloved cat didn't suffer when she got old and sick.

You can suffer from the pain of a broken leg, but you can also suffer from shyness, regret, poverty, or any number of unpleasant things. You can even describe something that becomes worse using the word suffer, like when someone's grades suffer during soccer season. The root of suffer is the Latin word sufferre, to bear, undergo, or endure. That's why someone who doesn't suffer fools gladly won't put up with nonsense.

Definitions of suffer
  1. verb
    undergo or be subjected to
    “He suffered the penalty”
    “Many saints suffered martyrdom”
    synonyms: endure
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    Antonyms:
    enjoy
    have for one's benefit
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    tolerate
    have a tolerance for a poison or strong drug or pathogen or environmental condition
    die
    suffer or face the pain of death
    type of:
    experience, go through, see
    go or live through
  2. verb
    undergo (as of injuries and illnesses)
    “She suffered a fracture in the accident”
    synonyms: get, have, sustain
    have
    suffer from; be ill with
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    break down, collapse
    collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack
    cramp
    suffer from sudden painful contraction of a muscle
    break up, collapse, crack, crack up, crock up
    suffer a nervous breakdown
    drop like flies
    rapidly collapse, die, or drop out in large numbers
    fall over, go over
    fall forward and down
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    experience, get, have, receive
    go through (mental or physical states or experiences)
  3. verb
    undergo or suffer
    suffer a terrible fate”
    synonyms: meet
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    type of:
    experience, go through, see
    go or live through
  4. verb
    feel pain or be in pain
    synonyms: hurt
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    be well
    be healthy; feel good
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    have
    suffer from; be ill with
    choke, gag, strangle, suffocate
    struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake
    ail
    be ill or unwell
    famish, hunger, starve
    be hungry; go without food
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    be
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  5. verb
    feel physical pain
    synonyms: ache, hurt
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    catch, get
    suffer from the receipt of
    twinge
    feel a sudden sharp, local pain
    prick, sting, twinge
    cause a stinging pain
    kill
    be the source of great pain for
    prick, prickle
    cause a prickling sensation
    type of:
    comprehend, perceive
    become aware of through the senses
  6. verb
    experience (emotional) pain
    Synonyms:
    abide, bear, brook, digest, endure, put up, stand, stick out, stomach, support, tolerate
    put up with something or somebody unpleasant
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    agonise, agonize
    suffer agony or anguish
    anguish
    suffer great pains or distress
    lose
    suffer the loss of a person through death or removal
    grieve, sorrow
    feel grief
    languish
    experience prolonged suffering in an unpleasant situation or place
    mourn
    feel sadness
    compassionate, condole with, feel for, pity, sympathize with
    share the suffering of
    type of:
    experience, feel
    undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind
  7. verb
    feel unwell or uncomfortable
    “She is suffering from the hot weather”
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    freeze
    be cold
    swelter
    be uncomfortably hot
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    be
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  8. verb
    put up with something or somebody unpleasant
    synonyms: abide, bear, brook, digest, endure, put up, stand, stick out, stomach, support, tolerate
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    accept, live with, swallow
    tolerate or accommodate oneself to
    hold still for, stand for
    tolerate or bear
    bear up
    endure cheerfully
    take lying down
    suffer without protest; suffer or endure passively
    take a joke
    listen to a joke at one's own expense
    sit out
    endure to the end
    pay
    bear (a cost or penalty), in recompense for some action
    get one's lumps, take one's lumps
    suffer the results or consequences of one's behavior or actions
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    allow, countenance, let, permit
    consent to, give permission
  9. verb
    be given to
    “She suffers from a tendency to talk too much”
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    be given, incline, lean, run, tend
    have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined
  10. verb
    get worse
    “His grades suffered
    Synonyms:
    lose
    be set at a disadvantage
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    decline, worsen
    grow worse
  11. verb
    be set at a disadvantage
    “This author really suffers in translation”
    synonyms: lose
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    type of:
    decline, worsen
    grow worse
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