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definition of the word suffer

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From Middle English suffren, from Anglo-Norman suffrir, from Latin suffero (to offer, hold up, bear, suffer)

to suffer

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

to suffer (third-person singular simple present suffers, present participle suffering, simple past and past participle suffered)

  1. (intransitive) To undergo hardship.
  2. (intransitive) To feel pain.
    At least he didn't suffer when he died in the car crash.
  3. (intransitive, construed with from) To have a disease or condition.
    He's suffering from the flu this week.
  4. (intransitive) To become worse.
    If you keep partying like this, your school-work will suffer.
  5. (transitive) To endure, undergo.
    I've been suffering your insults for years.
    I hope you never have to suffer the same pain.
  6. (transitive, archaic) To allow.
    • 1560, John Knox, First Blast of the Trumpet against the Monstrous Regiment of Women
      ... the holie ghoste doth manifestlie expresse, saying: I suffer not that women usurpe authoritie above man:

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