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Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.
Russell Baker

Meaning of "suffer" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD SUFFER

From Old French soffrir, from Latin sufferre, from sub- + ferre to bear.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF SUFFER

suffer  [ˈsʌfə] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF SUFFER

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Suffer is a verb.
The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb suffer in English.

WHAT DOES SUFFER MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Suffer

To suffer is to undergo suffering. Suffer may also refer to: ▪ Suffer, by Bad Religion ▪ "Suffer", a song by The Smashing Pumpkins from their album Gish ▪ "Suffer", a song by Suicide Silence from their album No Time to Bleed ▪ A legal term of art that means "to allow" ▪ "Suffer", a song by Staind from their album Break The Cycle ▪ "Suffer", a song by Stone Sour from Come What May...

Definition of suffer in the English dictionary

The first definition of suffer in the dictionary is to undergo or be subjected to. Other definition of suffer is to undergo or experience. Suffer is also to be set at a disadvantage.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO SUFFER

PRESENT

Present
I suffer
you suffer
he/she/it suffers
we suffer
you suffer
they suffer
Present continuous
I am suffering
you are suffering
he/she/it is suffering
we are suffering
you are suffering
they are suffering
Present perfect
I have suffered
you have suffered
he/she/it has suffered
we have suffered
you have suffered
they have suffered
Present perfect continuous
I have been suffering
you have been suffering
he/she/it has been suffering
we have been suffering
you have been suffering
they have been suffering
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I suffered
you suffered
he/she/it suffered
we suffered
you suffered
they suffered
Past continuous
I was suffering
you were suffering
he/she/it was suffering
we were suffering
you were suffering
they were suffering
Past perfect
I had suffered
you had suffered
he/she/it had suffered
we had suffered
you had suffered
they had suffered
Past perfect continuous
I had been suffering
you had been suffering
he/she/it had been suffering
we had been suffering
you had been suffering
they had been suffering
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will suffer
you will suffer
he/she/it will suffer
we will suffer
you will suffer
they will suffer
Future continuous
I will be suffering
you will be suffering
he/she/it will be suffering
we will be suffering
you will be suffering
they will be suffering
Future perfect
I will have suffered
you will have suffered
he/she/it will have suffered
we will have suffered
you will have suffered
they will have suffered
Future perfect continuous
I will have been suffering
you will have been suffering
he/she/it will have been suffering
we will have been suffering
you will have been suffering
they will have been suffering
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would suffer
you would suffer
he/she/it would suffer
we would suffer
you would suffer
they would suffer
Conditional continuous
I would be suffering
you would be suffering
he/she/it would be suffering
we would be suffering
you would be suffering
they would be suffering
Conditional perfect
I would have suffer
you would have suffer
he/she/it would have suffer
we would have suffer
you would have suffer
they would have suffer
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been suffering
you would have been suffering
he/she/it would have been suffering
we would have been suffering
you would have been suffering
they would have been suffering
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you suffer
we let´s suffer
you suffer
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to suffer
Past participle
suffered
Present Participle
suffering
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH SUFFER


bluffer
ˈblʌfə
buffer
ˈbʌfə
candlesnuffer
ˈkænd əlˌsnʌfə
duffer
ˈdʌfə
fluffer
ˈflʌfə
huffer
ˈhʌfə
luffa
ˈlʌfə
puffer
ˈpʌfə
rougher
ˈrʌfə
scuffer
ˈskʌfə
snuffer
ˈsnʌfə
stuffer
ˈstʌfə

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE SUFFER

suffect
suffer from
sufferable
sufferableness
sufferably
sufferance
sufferer
suffering
sufferingly
suffete
suffice
suffice it to say that
sufficer
sufficience
sufficiencies
sufficiency
sufficient
sufficient condition
sufficient reason
sufficiently

WORDS THAT END LIKE SUFFER

agree to differ
Bonhoeffer
cash offer
chaffer
chauffer
counteroffer
differ
gaffer
gauffer
job offer
offer
on offer
proffer
re-offer
Shaffer
sniffer
special offer
staffer
stocking stuffer
tender offer

Synonyms and antonyms of suffer in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «SUFFER»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «suffer» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of suffer

Translation of «suffer» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF SUFFER

Find out the translation of suffer to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of suffer from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «suffer» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

遭受
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

sufrir
570 millions of speakers

English

suffer
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

पीड़ित
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

يُعانِي
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

страдать
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

sofrer
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ভোগা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

souffrir
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Menderita
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

leiden
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

被る
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

괴로워하다
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Nandhang sangsara
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

chịu đựng
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

பாதிக்கப்படுகிகிறது
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

त्रस्त
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

acı çekmek
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

soffrire
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

znieść
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

страждати
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

a suferi
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

υποφέρω
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

ly
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

lida av
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

lide
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of suffer

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «SUFFER»

The term «suffer» is very widely used and occupies the 8.166 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «SUFFER» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «suffer» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «suffer» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about suffer

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10 QUOTES WITH «SUFFER»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word suffer.
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Gloria Allred
Women will no longer be silent when they suffer injustices against them.
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James Altucher
Everyone is different. We all suffer from the disease of being human. There are a thousand cures but no antidotes.
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Mary Antin
Our mothers are racked with the pains of our physical birth; we ourselves suffer the longer pains of our spiritual growth.
4
Jean-Bertrand Aristide
Sometimes people who want to understand Haiti from a political perspective may be missing part of the picture. They also need to look at Haiti from a psychological perspective. Most of the elite suffer from psychogenic amnesia. That means it's not organic amnesia, such as damage caused by brain injury. It's just a matter of psychology.
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Russell Baker
Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.
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Naomi Benaron
I'm a triathlete. Running is when I do my best living and my best thinking. I love the discipline, pushing yourself to suffer as much as you can, because it leads to a form of redemption.
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Fatou Bensouda
What offends me the most when I hear criticisms about this so-called Africa bias is how quick we are to focus on the words and propaganda of a few powerful, influential individuals, and to forget about the millions of anonymous people who suffer from their crimes.
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Henry Bessemer
I had an immense advantage over many others dealing with the problem inasmuch as I had no fixed ideas derived from long-established practice to control and bias my mind, and did not suffer from the general belief that whatever is, is right.
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William Blackstone
It is better that ten guilty escape than one innocent suffer.
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Jim Bridenstine
Fairness has not been enhanced by the tax code, but lobbyists have been made rich, politicians have been re-elected, and the economy has been made to suffer.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «SUFFER»

Discover the use of suffer in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to suffer and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Why Do Good People Suffer?: Guidance and Hope for Those Who ...
“Why me?” This is the universal question that haunts most of us when faced with a seemingly unanswerable problem or situation, or when we are struck with a long-suffering incurable disease.
J. P. Vaswani, 2005
2
Does God Suffer?
A Christian Theology of God and Suffering
Thomas Gerard Weinandy, 2000
3
Suffer the Little Children: The Inside Story of Ireland's ...
Pages of newsprint were devoted to the issues raised by the series, and on the 11th of May, the airdate of the final segment of the trilogy, the Taoiseach issued an historic apology on behalf of the state to the victims of child abuse ...
Mary Raftery, Eoin O'Sullivan, 2002
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Forever Will You Suffer
Not a good idea. Because Abigail’s great at holding a grudge, some of her best friends are demons, and she’s dedicated to keeping a promise she made to Rick long, long ago. “Forever will I remember; forever will you suffer.”
Gary Frank, 2006
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Suffer in Silence: A Novel of Navy SEAL Training
A gripping novel of men training to become Navy SEALs who are pushed to their physical and mental limits---and what happens when those thresholds are crossed It’s the pivotal test faced by every Navy SEAL: one hundred twenty sleepless ...
David Reid, 2011
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Why Do People Suffer?
The book explores where suffering came from and the role of evil in the world, using recent examples such as 9/11 and the Asian Tsunami with which a contemporary audience can connect.
James Jones, 2007
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Suffer the Little Children
Tells the true story of the crimes of abuser, murderer, and child molester Jesse James Cummings.
Barbara Davis, 1999
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Suffer the Children
The children are disappearing, one by one. An evil history is repeating itself. And one strange, terrified child has ended her silence with a scream that began a hundred years ago. From the Paperback edition.
John Saul, 2010
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Suffer the Flesh
Somehow she must learn to survive the daily perversions . . . but how can Zoey survive? How could anyone? Somewhere between ecstasy and pain -- learn to SUFFER THE FLESH.
Monica O'Rourke, 2002
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Suffer and be Still: Women in the Victorian Age
Essayists examine the social and economic position of Victorian women and their late-nineteenth-century struggles for social and political rights
Martha Vicinus, 1973

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «SUFFER»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term suffer is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Why Greece's Lenders Need to Suffer
There is definitive proof, for anyone willing to look, that Greece is not solely or even primarily responsible for its own financial crisis. The proof is not especially ... «New York Times, Jul 15»
2
Boys suffer second degree sunburns at day care, says mom
(CNN) Two Oklahoma boys are in the hospital recuperating from burns after their mother said their day care took them to a splash park and let them play with no ... «CNN, Jul 15»
3
Cybersecurity job market to suffer severe workforce shortage
The shortage of experienced cybersecurity talent may explain why a cybersecurity software engineer earns more than a CSO. «CSO Online, Jul 15»
4
Animals can suffer, too — and here is how we know
And it is these unpleasant feelings that cause the suffering we humans associate with pain. The science of suffering is well documented in the book of the same ... «Raw Story, Jul 15»
5
'London and devolved regions most likely to suffer in next wave of …
But the respected City consultancy warned that all regions will suffer at least some damaging impact, pointing to a widespread dip in regional growth rates next ... «Yorkshire Post, Jun 15»
6
Europe wants Greece to suffer: The truth about the never-ending …
Europe wants Greece to suffer: The truth about the never-ending financial crisis & the cult of extreme austerity. Greece's financial nightmare has lasted five years ... «Salon, Jun 15»
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Emerging markets suffer biggest weekly outflow in 7 years
Emerging market funds have suffered their biggest outflows since the financial crisis this week, as investors pulled billions of dollars from Chinese equities. «Financial Times, Jun 15»
8
Suffer the children
Bolivia's ombudsman reported that 34% of girls suffered sexual abuse before age 18. Studies suggest that up to 36% of Latin American adult women suffer ... «The Economist, May 15»
9
CA Green Stickers All But Gone; Will Plug-In Hybrid Sales Suffer
All good things must come to an end, and so it is with the green stickers that give plug-in hybrid drivers access to California's freeway carpool lanes with just one ... «Green Car Reports, May 15»
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It's Like The Story Of Job: Ebola Survivors Who Continue To Suffer
His mother named him Moses, but the story of Moses Lasana over the past year unfolds more like the story of Job: Adversity follows tragedy only to be topped off ... «NPR, May 15»

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