Definitions for: Suffer


[v] feel pain or be in pain
[v] 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"
[v] feel unwell or uncomfortable; "She is suffering from the hot weather"
[v] get worse; "His grades suffered"
[v] be set at a disadvantage; "This author really suffers in translation"
[v] 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"
[v] endure (emotional pain); "Every time her husband gets drunk, she suffers"
[v] undergo or be subjected to; "He suffered the penalty"; "Many saints suffered martyrdom"
[v] undergo or suffer; "meet a violent death"; "suffer a terrible fate"
[v] feel physical pain; "Were you hurting after the accident?"
[v] be given to; "She suffers from a tendency to talk too much"



Webster (1913) Definition: Suf"fer, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Suffered; p. pr. & vb.
n. Suffering.] [OE. suffren, soffren, OF. sufrir, sofrir,
F. souffrir, (assumed) LL. sofferire, for L. sufferre; sub
under + ferre to bear, akin to E. bear. See Bear to
support.]
1. To feel, or endure, with pain, annoyance, etc.; to submit
to with distress or grief; to undergo; as, to suffer pain
of body, or grief of mind.

2. To endure or undergo without sinking; to support; to
sustain; to bear up under.

Our spirit and strength entire, Strongly to suffer
and support our pains. --Milton.

3. To undergo; to be affected by; to sustain; to experience;
as, most substances suffer a change when long exposed to
air and moisture; to suffer loss or damage.

If your more ponderous and settled project May
suffer alteration. --Shak.

4. To allow; to permit; not to forbid or hinder; to tolerate.

Thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not
suffer sin upon him. --Lev. xix.
17.

I suffer them to enter and possess. --Milton.

Syn: To permit; bear; endure; support; sustain; allow; admit;
tolerate. See Permit.


Suf"fer, v. i.
1. To feel or undergo pain of body or mind; to bear what is
inconvenient; as, we suffer from pain, sickness, or
sorrow; we suffer with anxiety.

O well for him whose will is strong! He suffers, but
he will not suffer long. --Tennyson.

2. To undergo punishment; specifically, to undergo the
penalty of death.

The father was first condemned to suffer upon a day
appointed, and the son afterwards the day following.
--Clarendon.

3. To be injured; to sustain loss or damage.

Public business suffers by private infirmities.
--Sir W.
Temple.

Synonyms: abide, ache, bear, brook, endure, endure, get, hurt, hurt, meet, put up, stand, stomach, support, sustain, tolerate

Antonyms: be well, enjoy

See Also: accept, agonise, agonize, ail, allow, anguish, be, be given, bear up, break up, catch, choke, collapse, comprehend, countenance, crack, crack up, crock up, decline, die, experience, experience, experience, famish, feel, freeze, gag, get, go through, grieve, have, hold still for, hunger, incline, kill, lean, let, live with, lose, pay, perceive, permit, prick, receive, run, see, sit out, sorrow, stand for, starve, sting, strangle, submit, suffocate, swallow, swelter, take, take a joke, take lying down, tend, tolerate, twinge, undergo, undergo, undergo, worsen

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