Suf·fer v. t. [imp. & p. p. Suffered p. pr. & vb. n. Suffering.]
1. To feel, or endure, with pain, annoyance, etc.; to submit to with distress or grief; to undergo; as, to suffer pain of body, or grief of mind.
2. To endure or undergo without sinking; to support; to sustain; to bear up under.
Our spirit and strength entire,
Strongly to suffer and support our pains. --Milton.
3. To undergo; to be affected by; to sustain; to experience; as, most substances suffer a change when long exposed to air and moisture; to suffer loss or damage.
If your more ponderous and settled project
May suffer alteration. --Shak.
4. To allow; to permit; not to forbid or hinder; to tolerate.
Thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him. --Lev. xix. 17.
I suffer them to enter and possess. --Milton.
Syn: -- To permit; bear; endure; support; sustain; allow; admit; tolerate. See Permit.
Suf·fer, v. i.
1. To feel or undergo pain of body or mind; to bear what is inconvenient; as, we suffer from pain, sickness, or sorrow; we suffer with anxiety.
O well for him whose will is strong!
He suffers, but he will not suffer long. --Tennyson.
2. To undergo punishment; specifically, to undergo the penalty of death.
The father was first condemned to suffer upon a day appointed, and the son afterwards the day following. --Clarendon.
3. To be injured; to sustain loss or damage.
Public business suffers by private infirmities. --Sir W. Temple.
v 1: undergo or be subjected to; "He suffered the penalty"; "Many
saints suffered martyrdom" [syn: endure] [ant: enjoy]
2: undergo (as of injuries and illnesses); "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" [syn: sustain, have,
3: endure (emotional pain); "Every time her husband gets drunk,
4: 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" [syn: digest, endure, stick out, stomach,
bear, stand, tolerate, support, brook, abide,
5: get worse; "His grades suffered"
6: feel pain or be in pain [syn: hurt] [ant: be well]
7: feel physical pain; "Were you hurting after the accident?"
[syn: hurt, ache]
8: undergo or suffer; "meet a violent death"; "suffer a
terrible fate" [syn: meet]
9: feel unwell or uncomfortable; "She is suffering from the hot
10: be given to; "She suffers from a tendency to talk too much"
11: be set at a disadvantage; "This author really suffers in
translation" [syn: lose]