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Definition of "suffer" []

  • To feel pain or distress; sustain loss, injury, harm, or punishment. (verb-intransitive)
  • To tolerate or endure evil, injury, pain, or death. See Synonyms at bear1. (verb-intransitive)
  • To appear at a disadvantage: "He suffers by comparison with his greater contemporary” ( Albert C. Baugh). (verb-intransitive)
  • To undergo or sustain (something painful, injurious, or unpleasant): "Ordinary men have always had to suffer the history their leaders were making” ( Herbert J. Muller). (verb-transitive)
  • To experience; undergo: suffer a change in staff. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "suffer" in a sentence
  • "Speaking at the U.N. Conference on Climate Change in N.w York, President Obama says the world must address climate change now, or what he calls suffer irreversible catastrophe."
  • "On one side are the proponents of individual responsibility, who believe that fat people suffer from a surplus of self-indulgence and a shortage of willpower."
  • "About 90% of diabetics – 2.5 million people in the UK – suffer from the type 2 condition."