from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To feel pain or distress; sustain loss, injury, harm, or punishment.
- intransitive v. To tolerate or endure evil, injury, pain, or death. See Synonyms at bear1.
- intransitive v. To appear at a disadvantage: "He suffers by comparison with his greater contemporary” ( Albert C. Baugh).
- transitive v. 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).
- transitive v. To experience; undergo: suffer a change in staff.
- transitive v. To endure or bear; stand: would not suffer fools.
- transitive v. To permit; allow: "They were not suffered to aspire to so exalted a position as that of streetcar conductor” ( Edmund S. Morgan).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To undergo hardship.
- v. To feel pain.
- v. To have a disease or condition.
- v. To become worse.
- v. To endure, undergo.
- v. To allow.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To feel, or endure, with pain, annoyance, etc.; to submit to with distress or grief; to undergo.
- transitive v. To endure or undergo without sinking; to support; to sustain; to bear up under.
- transitive v. To undergo; to be affected by; to sustain; to experience
- transitive v. To allow; to permit; not to forbid or hinder; to tolerate.
- intransitive v. To feel or undergo pain of body or mind; to bear what is inconvenient.
- intransitive v. To undergo punishment; specifically, to undergo the penalty of death.
- intransitive v. To be injured; to sustain loss or damage.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To endure; support bravely or unflinchingly; sustain; bear up under.
- To be affected by; undergo; be acted on or influenced by; sustain; pass through.
- To feel or bear (what is painful, disagreeable, or distressing); submit to with distress or grief; undergo: as, to suffer acute bodily pain; to suffer grief of mind.
- To refrain from hindering; allow; permit; tolerate.
- To tolerate abstention from.
- Synonyms To feel, bear, experience, go through.
- Allow, Permit, Consent to, etc. See allow.
- To have endurance; bear evils bravely.
- To feel or undergo pain of body or mind; bear what is distressing or inconvenient.
- To be injured; sustain loss or damage.
- To undergo punishment; especially, to be put to death.
- To allow; permit.
- To wait; hold out.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be set at a disadvantage
- v. undergo (as of injuries and illnesses)
- v. feel pain or be in pain
- v. put up with something or somebody unpleasant
- v. experience (emotional) pain
- v. undergo or be subjected to
- v. feel physical pain
- v. be given to
- v. undergo or suffer
- v. get worse
- v. feel unwell or uncomfortable
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