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suffer

[suhf-er] /ˈsʌf ər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to undergo or feel pain or distress:
The patient is still suffering.
2.
to sustain injury, disadvantage, or loss:
One's health suffers from overwork. The business suffers from lack of capital.
3.
to undergo a penalty, as of death:
The traitor was made to suffer on the gallows.
4.
to endure pain, disability, death, etc., patiently or willingly.
verb (used with object)
5.
to undergo, be subjected to, or endure (pain, distress, injury, loss, or anything unpleasant):
to suffer the pangs of conscience.
6.
to undergo or experience (any action, process, or condition):
to suffer change.
7.
to tolerate or allow:
I do not suffer fools gladly.
Origin
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English suff(e)ren < Latin sufferre, equivalent to suf- suf- + ferre to bear1; compare Old French sofrir < Vulgar Latin *sufferīre
Related forms
sufferable, adjective
sufferableness, noun
sufferably, adverb
sufferer, noun
nonsufferable, adjective
nonsufferableness, noun
nonsufferably, adverb
outsuffer, verb (used with object)
presuffer, verb
unsufferable, adjective
unsufferableness, noun
unsufferably, adverb
Synonyms
5. sustain. 7. stomach, stand, abide.
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Examples for suffers
  • The bull suffers severe stress and usually a slow, painful death.
  • One of them suddenly suffers what is perhaps a minor heart attack and collapses.
  • However, their third teammate, donny, suffers a fatal heart attack.
  • In retrospect, the times has noted that the play suffers from a depression sensibility.
  • The central character, nobby, is a middleaged man who suffers from chronic hemorrhoids.
  • This method suffers from ambient noise interference and has fallen out of favor.
  • Barriers usually fail sooner or later, or the bamboo within suffers greatly.
  • She suffers with her suffering and dying son, almost as if she would have died herself.
  • It provides food for seabirds and suffers attack by lampreys.
  • The weather is usually sunny and relatively dry, but suffers frequent hurricanes.
British Dictionary definitions for suffers

suffer

/ˈsʌfə/
verb
1.
to undergo or be subjected to (pain, punishment, etc)
2.
(transitive) to undergo or experience (anything) to suffer a change of management
3.
(intransitive) to be set at a disadvantage this author suffers in translation
4.
to be prepared to endure (pain, death, etc) he suffers for the cause of freedom
5.
(transitive) (archaic) to permit (someone to do something) suffer the little children to come unto me
6.
suffer from
  1. to be ill with, esp recurrently
  2. to be given to he suffers from a tendency to exaggerate
Derived Forms
sufferer, noun
Usage note
It is better to avoid using the words suffer and sufferer in relation to chronic illness or disability. They may be considered demeaning and disempowering. Suitable alternative are have, experience, be diagnosed with
Word Origin
C13: from Old French soffrir, from Latin sufferre, from sub- + ferre to bear
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Word Origin and History for suffers

suffer

v.

early 13c., "to be made to undergo, endure" (pain, death, punishment, judgment, grief), from Anglo-French suffrir, Old French sufrir, from Vulgar Latin *sufferire, variant of Latin sufferre "to bear, undergo, endure, carry or put under," from sub "up, under" (see sub-) + ferre "to carry" (see infer).

Replaced Old English þolian, þrowian. Meaning "to meekly submit to hardship" is from late 13c. That of "to undergo" (distress, suffering, etc.) is mid-14c. Meaning "to tolerate, allow" something to occur or continue is recorded from mid-13c. Related: Suffered; suffering.

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