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Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old French
Origin: souffrir, from Vulgar Latin sufferire, from Latin sufferre, from sub- ( SUB-) + ferre 'to bear'

suffer

verb
     
suf‧fer S1 W1
1

pain

[intransitive and transitive] to experience physical or mental pain:
At least he died suddenly and didn't suffer.
She's suffering a lot of pain.
suffer from
I'm suffering from a bad back.
Mary's suffering from ill health at the moment.
2

bad experience/situation

[intransitive and transitive] if someone suffers an unpleasant or difficult experience, or is in a difficult situation, it happens to them or they experience it
suffer from
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.
suffer loss/damage/injury
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.
3

become worse

[intransitive] 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.
4

not suffer fools gladly

to not be patient with people you think are stupid:
He was a perfectionist who didn't suffer fools gladly.

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