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Definition of suffer verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    suffer

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈsʌfə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌfər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they suffer
    BrE BrE//ˈsʌfə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌfər//
     
    he / she / it suffers
    BrE BrE//ˈsʌfəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌfərz//
     
    past simple suffered
    BrE BrE//ˈsʌfəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌfərd//
     
    past participle suffered
    BrE BrE//ˈsʌfəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌfərd//
     
    -ing form suffering
    BrE BrE//ˈsʌfərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌfərɪŋ//
     
    Injuries, Being ill
     
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  1. 1  [intransitive] to be badly affected by a disease, pain, sadness, a lack of something, etc. I hate to see animals suffering. suffer from something He suffers from asthma. road accident victims suffering from shock Many companies are suffering from a shortage of skilled staff. suffer for something He made a rash decision and now he is suffering for it. See related entries: Being ill
  2. 2  [transitive] suffer something to experience something unpleasant, such as injury, defeat or loss He suffered a massive heart attack. The party suffered a humiliating defeat in the general election. The company suffered huge losses in the last financial year. See related entries: Injuries
  3. 3  [intransitive] to become worse His school work is suffering because of family problems.
  4. Word Origin Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French suffrir, from Latin sufferre, from sub- ‘from below’ + ferre ‘to bear’.Extra examples I played tennis yesterday and I know I shall suffer for it today. I’m sorry that you have to suffer alone like this. No child deserves to suffer for a parent’s mistakes. Poor families suffer disproportionately from asthma. Premature babies are more likely to suffer from breathing difficulties in childhood. She suffers from asthma. They were just expected to suffer in silence. This area suffered very badly in the storms. Thousands of children in the world today suffer needlessly. people suffering under repressive regimesIdioms
    not suffer fools gladly
     
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    to have very little patience with people that you think are stupid She was a forceful personality who didn't suffer fools gladly.
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