What does suffer mean?

Definitions for suffer
ˈsʌf ərsuf·fer

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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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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. Jeff Bardin:

    The explosion was far beyond what is believed cyber sabotage could have created, if Iran complains too loudly that adversaries destroyed their nuclear weapons development, the IAEA and the world will want a local inspection Iran has claimed they are not creating nuclear weapons. If they complain too loudly, we can confirm those locations for nuclear weapons development. If Iranian authorities claim adversary actions occurred, internally, they look weak, where they already suffer a lack of confidence. If they openly respond, they risk more attacks.

  2. Chris Balciyan:

    I think it will make a difference in people traveling, perhaps making them more hesitant, and they’ll choose to go someplace easier to get to. with the summer travel season upon us, this could impact a lot of people. The truth is, the majority of European countries want U.S. travelers. They spend more money, and without them those countries will suffer.

  3. Erik Pevernagie:

    By recurrently changing the horizon, things can be perceived from another angle and the perspectives of life can be reoriented in a captivating way. If not, the squeaking wheel of our mind will suffer from lack of oil and our vision of the world gets rusted.

  4. Azra Naseem:

    Rich Western Europeans, towards whom most of the Maldives’ tourism is geared, would not want to book expensive holidays in a country known for the production of jihad, if the tourism industry is damaged, the minuscule percentage of rich Maldivians who control it would suffer, and many of them bankroll the government. So the current regimen downplays the number of jihadists, pretends it is a problem that does not exist and labels anyone who speaks about it a traitor.

  5. Ryan Pack:

    If I have to suffer for your malice, it will be necessary for you to suffer the proper and appropriate penalties.

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