What does suffer mean?

Definitions for suffer
ˈsʌf ərsuf·fer

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. suffer, endureverb

    undergo or be subjected to

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

  2. suffer, sustain, have, getverb

    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. sufferverb

    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 upverb

    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. sufferverb

    get worse

    "His grades suffered"

  6. suffer, hurtverb

    feel pain or be in pain

  7. hurt, ache, sufferverb

    feel physical pain

    "Were you hurting after the accident?"

  8. sufferverb

    feel unwell or uncomfortable

    "She is suffering from the hot weather"

  9. sufferverb

    be given to

    "She suffers from a tendency to talk too much"

  10. suffer, meetverb

    undergo or suffer

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

  11. suffer, loseverb

    be set at a disadvantage

    "This author really suffers in translation"

Wiktionary

  1. sufferverb

    To undergo hardship.

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

  2. sufferverb

    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. sufferverb

    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. sufferverb

    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. sufferverb

    To endure, undergo.

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

  6. sufferverb

    To allow.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sufferverb

    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. Sufferverb

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

  3. Sufferverb

    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. Sufferverb

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

  5. Sufferverb

    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. Sufferverb

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

  7. Sufferverb

    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. Leslie Cho:

    Time is muscle, if women are diagnosed and treated later in the course of the heart attack, they can suffer from irreversible heart damage.

  2. RJ Intindola – (Gandolfo):

    If you anticipate punishment and don’t receive it, you will have suffered nonetheless; however, expect punishment and you will suffer twice; once in anticipation and second, when it’s delivered.

  3. Donald Trump:

    What she's doing, and I'm sure that with the blessing of the President, because he doesn't want a recession or worse in his administration, so she's keeping rates low, get him out of here, he's going to go play golf and somebody's going to suffer.

  4. Kenneth Wakefield:

    I just wanted to say I’m sorry, i can’t change it. I suffer also. She was my best friend.

  5. Martin Luther King Jr., A Christmas Sermon for Peace on Dec 24, 1967:

    I've seen too much hate to want to hate, myself, and every time I see it, I say to myself, hate is too great a burden to bear. Somehow we must be able to stand up against our most bitter opponents and say:”We shall match your capacity to inflict suffering by our capacity to endure suffering. We will meet your physical force with soul force. Do to us what you will and we will still love you.... But be assured that we'll wear you down by our capacity to suffer, and one day we will win our freedom. We will not only win freedom for ourselves; we will appeal to your heart and conscience that we will win you in the process, and our victory will be a double victory.

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