|Origin:||souffrir, from Vulgar Latin sufferire, from Latin sufferre, from sub- ( SUB-) + ferre 'to bear'|
suf‧fer S1 W1
to experience physical or mental pain:
pain[intransitive and transitive]
At least he died suddenly and didn't suffer.
She's suffering a lot of pain.
I'm suffering from a bad back.
Mary's suffering from ill health at the moment.
if someone suffers an unpleasant or difficult experience, or is in a difficult situation, it happens to them or they experience it
bad experience/situation[intransitive and transitive]
London employers were suffering from a desperate shortage of school-leavers.
Most of us have suffered the consequences of stupid decisions taken by others.
In June 1667, England suffered a humiliating defeat by the Dutch.
They are unlikely to suffer much loss of business after 2001.
He suffered head injuries in the crash.
A man who suffered serious brain damage during an operation is suing the hospital.
Small businesses have suffered financially during the recession.
to become worse in quality because a bad situation is affecting something or because nobody is taking care of it [≠ benefit]:
Safety might suffer if costs are cut.
I'm worried and my work is beginning to suffer.
to not be patient with people you think are stupid:
He was a perfectionist who didn't suffer fools gladly.