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suffer

suf·fer

suffer

 
pronunciation:
suh fr
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: suffered, suffering, suffers
definition 1: to experience pain, misfortune, or distress.
The wounded soldiers suffered greatly without medical attention or relief for pain.Food was in short supply, and the poorest citizens suffered the most.She frequently suffers from migraine headaches.The orphaned children suffer and try to stay alive.
synonyms:
anguish, hurt
similar words:
ache, agonize, ail, grieve, languish, pain, pay, trouble
definition 2: to undergo injury, loss, or deterioration.
The plants suffered during the cold spell.Her skating performance suffered in the months after her injury.Local businesses suffered once the chain store opened.
synonyms:
deteriorate
antonyms:
benefit
similar words:
decline, drop off, fall off, lose
definition 3: to receive punishment, esp. that of death.
His crime was great, and he suffered for it.
similar words:
answer, pay, take the rap
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to endure or experience.
She suffered the loss of her husband during the war.His father suffered a heart attack last fall.
synonyms:
endure, experience, sustain, undergo
similar words:
accept, bear, encounter, tolerate
definition 2: to tolerate.
I can't suffer these people who have nothing better to do than gossip.She could no longer suffer the abuse of her husband, and she made up her mind to leave.
synonyms:
abide, bear, brook, endure, stand, stomach, tolerate
similar words:
accept, sustain, take, withstand
definition 3: to allow; permit.
They kindly suffered me to stay with them.
synonyms:
allow, let, permit
similar words:
authorize, concede, empower, enable, sanction
derivations: sufferable (adj.), sufferably (adv.), sufferer (n.)
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The word suffer contains the following part:
suf- Latin prefix that means under, below
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The prefix suf- occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of sub- used before roots beginning with "f," such as "fus" and "fix." See sub-.
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