Definition and Meanings for suffer

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Suffer is ranked 1,100 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of suffer

transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, intransitive verb

Etymology of suffer

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

Meaning of suffer


as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • 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.
  • to endure or undergo without sinking; to support; to sustain; to bear up under.
  • 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.
  • to allow; to permit; not to forbid or hinder; to tolerate.

as intransitive verb

  • 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.
  • to undergo punishment; specifically, to undergo the penalty of death.
  • to be injured; to sustain loss or damage.
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