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Suffer appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Ed, all I suffer as I see bees is a ref fusillade.
  • Ref, fuss UFOs to let a fad named Zen I tell lies on assess a nose; I’ll let Inez demand a fate lots of us suffer.
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The word suffer is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the verb suffer

What does suffer mean as a doing word?

Suffer is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: suffered | suffering | suffers

  1. undergo or be subjected to
    • examples: He suffered the penalty | Many saints suffered martyrdom
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • synonym of suffer: endure
    • antonym of suffer: enjoy
    • more generic terms: experience / go through / see = undergo or live through a difficult experience
    • more specific words:
      • tolerate = have a tolerance for a poison or strong drug or pathogen or environmental condition
      • die = suffer or face the pain of death
  2. undergo (as of injuries and illnesses)
  3. experience (emotional) pain
  4. put up with something or somebody unpleasant
  5. get worse
    • example: His grades suffered
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic words: decline / worsen = grow worse
  6. feel pain or be in pain
  7. feel physical pain
    • example: Sam and Sue suffer
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • synonyms of suffer: ache / hurt
    • more generic words: comprehend / perceive = to become aware of through the senses
    • more specific words:
  8. feel unwell or uncomfortable
    • example: She is suffering from the hot weather
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 3
    • lexical domain: Body Actions - verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
    • more specific words:
  9. be given to
    • example: She suffers from a tendency to talk too much
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic terms: be given / incline / lean / run / tend = have a tendency or disposition to do or be something
  10. undergo or suffer
    • example: suffer a terrible fate
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • synonym of suffer: meet
    • more generic terms: experience / go through / see = undergo or live through a difficult experience
  11. be set at a disadvantage
    • example: This author really suffers in translation
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of suffer: lose
    • more generic words: decline / worsen = grow worse

Alternative definition of the verb suffer


  1. [intransitive] To undergo hardship.
  2. [intransitive] To feel pain.
  3. [intransitive, construed with 'from'] To have a disease or condition.
  4. [intransitive] To become worse.
  5. [transitive] To endure, undergo.
  6. [transitive, archaic] To allow.


  1. "Suffer" is the third album by American punk rock band Bad Religion, released on the Californian independent record label Epitaph Records on September 8, 1988. It was the first album that was both released and distributed by the label. Following the release of the EP Back to the Known, Bad Religion went on a temporary hiatus, then reunited with its original members and went to work on its first full-length studio album in five years.
  2. "Suffer" is a musical album of Gongzilla.
    • released in (20 years ago)
  3. "Suffer" is a musical single of The Echoing Green.
    • released on (7 years ago)

Phrases with Suffer

  1. Suffer'd
  2. Suffer fools gladly
  3. to suffer

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Suffer

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Google previewAnimal Pragmatism (2004)

Rethinking Human-nonhuman Relationships by Erin McKenna, Andrew Light

Rather than attribute rights to nonhuman animals, Singer argues that the capacity to suffer is the basic, necessary, and...

Google previewThe Facts On File Dictionary of Classical and Biblical Allusions (2003)

by Martin H. Manser, David Pickering

suffer fools gladly To tolerate foolish people with patience.The expression ...

Google previewCultural Encyclopedia of the Breast (2014)

by Merril D. Smith

During the Renaissance, some young women were said to suffer from the “green sickness,” or virgin disease, during which they refused food, grew pale, and stopped men- struating.The cure was to have sexual relations with a lusty man.

Google previewThe Eat Right 4 Your Type The complete Blood Type Encyclopedia (2002)

by Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo, Catherine Whitney

Each day, 4,100 Americans suffer a heart attack; while hundreds of thousands survive, they are left with a damaged heart. Some 7 million Americans suffer from CAD, the most common form of heart disease. This particular disease is caused ...

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Usage statistics about suffer

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suffer: one week
suffer: two weeks
suffer: three weeks

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Scrabble value of S1U1F4F4E1R1

The value of this 6-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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