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Definition 1: feel pain or be in pain - [verb of body]

Synonyms for suffer in the sense of this definition

(suffer is a kind of ...) have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

"John is rich" "This is not a good answer"

(... is a kind of suffer ) suffer from; be ill with

"She has arthritis"

(... is a kind of suffer ) struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake

"he swallowed a fishbone and gagged"

(... is a kind of suffer ) be ill or unwell

(... is a kind of suffer ) be hungry; go without food

"Let's eat--I'm starving!"

Definition 2: undergo (as of injuries and illnesses) - [verb of body]

Samples where suffer or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She suffered a fracture in the accident
  • He had an insulin shock after eating three candy bars
  • She got a bruise on her leg
  • He got his arm broken in the scuffle

Synonyms for suffer in the sense of this definition

(suffer is a kind of ...) go through (mental or physical states or experiences)

"get an idea" "experience vertigo" "get nauseous" "receive injuries" "have a feeling"

(... is a kind of suffer ) collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack

(... is a kind of suffer ) suffer from sudden painful contraction of a muscle

(... is a kind of suffer ) suffer a nervous breakdown

(suffer has a similar meaning as ...) suffer from; be ill with

"She has arthritis"

Definition 3: feel unwell or uncomfortable - [verb of body]

Samples where suffer or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She is suffering from the hot weather

(suffer is a kind of ...) have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

"John is rich" "This is not a good answer"

(... is a kind of suffer ) be cold

"I could freeze to death in this office when the air conditioning is turned on"

(... is a kind of suffer ) be uncomfortably hot

Definition 4: get worse - [verb of change]

Samples where suffer or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • His grades suffered

(suffer is a kind of ...) grow worse

"Conditions in the slum worsened"

(suffer has a similar meaning as ...) be set at a disadvantage

"This author really suffers in translation" "The painting loses something in this light"

Definition 5: be set at a disadvantage - [verb of change]

Samples where suffer or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This author really suffers in translation
  • The painting loses something in this light

Synonyms for suffer in the sense of this definition

(suffer is a kind of ...) grow worse

"Conditions in the slum worsened"

(suffer has a similar meaning as ...) get worse

"His grades suffered"

Definition 6: put up with something or somebody unpleasant - [verb of cognition]

Samples where suffer or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I cannot bear his constant criticism
  • The new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarks
  • he learned to tolerate the heat
  • She stuck out two years in a miserable marriage

Synonyms for suffer in the sense of this definition

(suffer is a kind of ...) consent to, give permission

"She permitted her son to visit her estranged husband" "I won't let the police search her basement" "I cannot allow you to see your exam"

(... is a kind of suffer ) tolerate or accommodate oneself to

"I shall have to accept these unpleasant working conditions" "I swallowed the insult" "She has learned to live with her husband's little idiosyncrasies"

(... is a kind of suffer ) tolerate or bear

"I won't stand for this kind of behavior!"

(... is a kind of suffer ) endure cheerfully

"She bore up under the enormous strain"

(... is a kind of suffer ) suffer without protest; suffer or endure passively

"I won't take this insult lying down"

(... is a kind of suffer ) listen to a joke at one's own expense

"Can't you take a joke?"

(... is a kind of suffer ) endure to the end

(... is a kind of suffer ) bear (a cost or penalty), in recompense for some action

"You'll pay for this!" "She had to pay the penalty for speaking out rashly" "You'll pay for this opinion later"

(suffer has a similar meaning as ...) experience (emotional) pain

"Every time her husband gets drunk, she suffers"

Definition 7: experience (emotional) pain - [verb of emotion]

Samples where suffer or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Every time her husband gets drunk, she suffers

(suffer is a kind of ...) undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind

"She felt resentful" "He felt regret"

(... is a kind of suffer ) suffer agony or anguish

(... is a kind of suffer ) suffer great pains or distress

(... is a kind of suffer ) suffer the loss of a person through death or removal

"She lost her husband in the war" "The couple that wanted to adopt the child lost her when the biological parents claimed her"

(... is a kind of suffer ) feel grief

(suffer has a similar meaning as ...) put up with something or somebody unpleasant

"I cannot bear his constant criticism" "The new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarks" "he learned to tolerate the heat" "She stuck out two years in a miserable marriage"

Definition 8: feel physical pain - [verb of perception]

Samples where suffer or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Were you hurting after the accident?

Synonyms for suffer in the sense of this definition

(suffer is a kind of ...) to become aware of through the senses

"I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon"

(... is a kind of suffer ) suffer from the receipt of

"She will catch hell for this behavior!"

(... is a kind of suffer ) feel a sudden sharp, local pain

(... is a kind of suffer ) cause a stinging pain

"The needle pricked his skin"

(... is a kind of suffer ) be the source of great pain for

"These new shoes are killing me!"

Definition 9: undergo or be subjected to - [verb of perception]

Samples where suffer or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He suffered the penalty
  • Many saints suffered martyrdom

Synonyms for suffer in the sense of this definition

(suffer is a kind of ...) undergo or live through a difficult experience

"We had many trials to go through" "he saw action in Viet Nam"

(... is a kind of suffer ) have a tolerance for a poison or strong drug or pathogen or environmental condition

"The patient does not tolerate the anti-inflammatory drugs we gave him"

(... is a kind of suffer ) suffer or face the pain of death

"Martyrs may die every day for their faith"

Definition 10: undergo or suffer - [verb of perception]

Samples where suffer or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • meet a violent death
  • suffer a terrible fate

Synonyms for suffer in the sense of this definition

(suffer is a kind of ...) undergo or live through a difficult experience

"We had many trials to go through" "he saw action in Viet Nam"

Definition 11: be given to - [verb of stative]

Samples where suffer or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She suffers from a tendency to talk too much

(suffer is a kind of ...) have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined

"She tends to be nervous before her lectures" "These dresses run small" "He inclined to corpulence"

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