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"suffer" in British English

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sufferverb

uk   /ˈsʌf.ər/  us   //
  • suffer verb (FEEL PAIN)

B1 [I] to ​experiencephysical or ​mentalpain: I ​think he suffered a lot when his ​wifeleft him. She suffers in the ​winter when it's ​cold and her ​joints get ​stiff. She's been suffering from (= been ​ill with)cancer for two ​years. Johnny suffers from (= is often ​ill with)asthma. Do you suffer from (= do you have) any ​allergies? If you're not ​happy with it, you should ​complain. Don't just suffer in ​silence (= without saying anything).

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  • suffer verb (EXPERIENCE)

B2 [I or T] to ​experience or show the ​effects of something ​bad: The Democrats suffered a ​crushingdefeat in the last ​election. 25 ​policemen suffered ​minorinjuries during the ​riots. The ​city suffered another blow last ​month with the ​closure of the ​localcarfactory. If you go and ​eat three ​helpings of ​dessert, you'll just have to suffer the ​consequences! [+ obj + -ing verb ] I had to suffer her ​fathermoaning for ​half an ​hour on the ​phone last ​night! When you're ​working such ​longhours, it's ​inevitable that ​yourmarriage will ​start to suffer. Like a lot of his ​films, it suffers from being too ​long.

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(Definition of suffer from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"suffer" in American English

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sufferverb

 us   /ˈsʌf·ər/
  • suffer verb (EXPERIENCE)

[I/T] to ​experience or show the ​effects of something ​bad: [T] About 50,000 bicyclists suffer ​seriousheadinjuries each ​year. [T] Block’s own ​farm has suffered ​largefinancialsetbacks. [I] If you and ​yourhusband have ​jobs in different ​cities, ​yourmarriage is ​likely to suffer.
  • suffer verb (FEEL PAIN)

[I] to ​experiencephysical or ​mentalpain: She suffers in ​coldweather when her ​joints get ​stiff. He suffers from ​migraineheadaches.
(Definition of suffer from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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