What is the meaning of suffer?


  • Undergo or be subjected to.
    • usage: "He suffered the penalty"; "Many saints suffered martyrdom"
  • Undergo (as of injuries and illnesses. )
    • usage: "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"
  • Experience (emotional) pain.
    • usage: "Every time her husband gets drunk, she suffers"
  • Put up with something or somebody unpleasant.
    • usage: "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"
  • Get worse.
    • usage: "His grades suffered"
  • Feel pain or be in pain.
  • Feel physical pain.
    • usage: "Were you hurting after the accident"
  • Feel unwell or uncomfortable.
    • usage: "She is suffering from the hot weather"
  • Be given to.
    • usage: "She suffers from a tendency to talk too much"
  • Undergo or suffer.
    • usage: "meet a violent death"; "suffer a terrible fate"
  • Be set at a disadvantage.
    • usage: "This author really suffers in translation"
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APAWordNet. (2010). suffer. Retrieved April 23, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/suffer/definitions/1330309
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