What does suffer mean?

Definitions for suffer
ˈsʌf ərsuf·fer

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word suffer.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. suffer, endure(verb)

    undergo or be subjected to

    "He suffered the penalty"; "Many saints suffered martyrdom"

  2. suffer, sustain, have, get(verb)

    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"

  3. suffer(verb)

    experience (emotional) pain

    "Every time her husband gets drunk, she suffers"

  4. digest, endure, stick out, stomach, bear, stand, tolerate, support, brook, abide, suffer, put up(verb)

    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"

  5. suffer(verb)

    get worse

    "His grades suffered"

  6. suffer, hurt(verb)

    feel pain or be in pain

  7. hurt, ache, suffer(verb)

    feel physical pain

    "Were you hurting after the accident?"

  8. suffer(verb)

    feel unwell or uncomfortable

    "She is suffering from the hot weather"

  9. suffer(verb)

    be given to

    "She suffers from a tendency to talk too much"

  10. suffer, meet(verb)

    undergo or suffer

    "meet a violent death"; "suffer a terrible fate"

  11. suffer, lose(verb)

    be set at a disadvantage

    "This author really suffers in translation"

Wiktionary

  1. suffer(Verb)

    To undergo hardship.

    Etymology: From suffren, from suffrir, from suffero, from sub- + fero, from bʰer-.

  2. suffer(Verb)

    To feel pain.

    At least he didn't suffer when he died in the car crash.

    Etymology: From suffren, from suffrir, from suffero, from sub- + fero, from bʰer-.

  3. suffer(Verb)

    To have a disease or condition.

    He's suffering from the flu this week.

    Etymology: From suffren, from suffrir, from suffero, from sub- + fero, from bʰer-.

  4. suffer(Verb)

    To become worse.

    If you keep partying like this, your school-work will suffer.

    Etymology: From suffren, from suffrir, from suffero, from sub- + fero, from bʰer-.

  5. suffer(Verb)

    To endure, undergo.

    Etymology: From suffren, from suffrir, from suffero, from sub- + fero, from bʰer-.

  6. suffer(Verb)

    To allow.

    Etymology: From suffren, from suffrir, from suffero, from sub- + fero, from bʰer-.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Suffer(verb)

    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. Suffer(verb)

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

  3. Suffer(verb)

    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

  4. Suffer(verb)

    to allow; to permit; not to forbid or hinder; to tolerate

  5. Suffer(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

  6. Suffer(verb)

    to undergo punishment; specifically, to undergo the penalty of death

  7. Suffer(verb)

    to be injured; to sustain loss or damage

Freebase

  1. Suffer

    Suffer is the third album by American punk rock band Bad Religion, released on the Californian independent record label Epitaph Records on September 8, 1988. It was the first album that was both released and distributed by the label. Following the release of the EP Back to the Known, Bad Religion went on a temporary hiatus, then reunited with its original members and went to work on its first full-length studio album in five years. Although Suffer was not charted in Billboard, it has been cited by some critics as one of the most important punk rock albums of all time. After its release, Suffer quickly became Epitaph Records' best seller and was the label's best-selling album for a number of years, until the release of The Offspring's 1994 highly acclaimed album Smash. A plethora of third-wave punk bands cite this album as a major inspiration; NOFX's Fat Mike has called it "the record that changed everything."

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Suffer

    suf′ėr, v.t. to undergo: to endure: to be affected by: to permit.—v.i. to feel pain or punishment: to sustain loss: to be injured.—adj. Suff′erable, that may be suffered: allowable.—n. Suff′erableness.—adv. Suff′erably.—ns. Suff′erance, state of suffering: endurance: permission: toleration; Suff′erer; Suff′ering, distress, loss, or injury. [L. sufferresub, under, ferre, to bear.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'suffer' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2968

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'suffer' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2712

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'suffer' in Verbs Frequency: #182

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How to say suffer in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of suffer in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of suffer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of suffer in a Sentence

  1. Theodore Roosevelt, The Man in the Arena:

    Far better is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.

  2. Rostin Behnam:

    Our commodity markets and the financial markets that support them will suffer if we do not take action to mitigate the risk of contagion.

  3. Ann Aerts:

    Children with leprosy don't get a chance, they start their lives excluded because they have no more fingers or they cannot close their eyes any more, and you see how they suffer because they were not diagnosed in time.

  4. Masaru Hamasaki:

    Manufacturers which have large exposures to China will likely suffer for a while, many of the defensive stocks are already at expensive levels, so key is whether the country's fiscal policy can help domestic-demand sensitive companies further grow.

  5. Yulia Tarasenko:

    The mood is not very cheerful. The situation at the federation is very difficult, we think there is a chance to keep fighting for the federation because we have a large number of athletes and they shouldn't suffer.

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