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.

Primary Meanings of suffer

1.
v
undergo or be subjected to
2.
v
get worse
Full Definitions of suffer
1

v undergo or be subjected to

“He suffered the penalty”
“Many saints suffered martyrdom”
Synonyms:
endure
Antonyms:
enjoy
have for one's benefit
Types:
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

v 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
Type of:
experience, get, have, receive
go through (mental or physical states or experiences)

v undergo or suffer

suffer a terrible fate”
Synonyms:
meet
Type of:
experience, go through, see
go or live through

v feel pain or be in pain

Synonyms:
hurt
Antonyms:
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
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

v 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
to become aware of through the senses

v experience (emotional) pain

“Every time her husband gets drunk, she suffers
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
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

v feel unwell or uncomfortable

“She is suffering from the hot weather”
Types:
freeze
be cold
swelter
be uncomfortably hot
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

v 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
Type of:
allow, countenance, let, permit
consent to, give permission

v be given to

“She suffers from a tendency to talk too much”
Type of:
be given, incline, lean, run, tend
have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined
2

v get worse

“His grades suffered
Synonyms:
lose
be set at a disadvantage
Type of:
decline, worsen
grow worse

v be set at a disadvantage

“This author really suffers in translation”
Synonyms:
lose
Type of:
decline, worsen
grow worse

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