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Meaning & Definition of Suffer in English

English

Suffer

/səfər/

verb

1. Undergo or be subjected to

  • "He suffered the penalty"
  • "Many saints suffered martyrdom"
    synonym:
  • suffer
  • ,
  • endure

2. Undergo (as of injuries and illnesses)

  • "She suffered a fracture in the accident"
  • "He had an insulin shock after eating three candy bars"
  • "She got a bruise on her leg"
  • "He got his arm broken in the scuffle"
    synonym:
  • suffer
  • ,
  • sustain
  • ,
  • have
  • ,
  • get

3. Experience (emotional) pain

  • "Every time her husband gets drunk, she suffers"
    synonym:
  • suffer

4. Put up with something or somebody unpleasant

  • "I cannot bear his constant criticism"
  • "The new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarks"
  • "He learned to tolerate the heat"
  • "She stuck out two years in a miserable marriage"
    synonym:
  • digest
  • ,
  • endure
  • ,
  • stick out
  • ,
  • stomach
  • ,
  • bear
  • ,
  • stand
  • ,
  • tolerate
  • ,
  • support
  • ,
  • brook
  • ,
  • abide
  • ,
  • suffer
  • ,
  • put up

5. Get worse

  • "His grades suffered"
    synonym:
  • suffer

6. Feel pain or be in pain

    synonym:
  • suffer
  • ,
  • hurt

7. Feel physical pain

  • "Were you hurting after the accident?"
    synonym:
  • hurt
  • ,
  • ache
  • ,
  • suffer

8. Feel unwell or uncomfortable

  • "She is suffering from the hot weather"
    synonym:
  • suffer

9. Be given to

  • "She suffers from a tendency to talk too much"
    synonym:
  • suffer

10. Undergo or suffer

  • "Meet a violent death"
  • "Suffer a terrible fate"
    synonym:
  • suffer
  • ,
  • meet

11. Be set at a disadvantage

  • "This author really suffers in translation"
    synonym:
  • suffer
  • ,
  • lose

Examples of using

I don't want to suffer for no reason.
Accept whatever happens and you will not suffer.
Tom wants Mary to suffer for what she did to him.