Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “suffer”

suffer

verb
 
 
/ˈsʌfər/
PAIN [I, T] B2 to experience pain or unpleasant emotions: I can't bear to see animals suffering.Experiencing and suffering
suffer from sth B1 to have an illness or other health problem: She suffers from severe depression.Disease and illness - general words
suffer a broken leg/a heart attack, etc B2 to experience an injury or other sudden health problem: He suffered a serious neck injury in the accident.Experiencing and sufferingInjuring and injuries
suffer damage/defeat/loss, etc B2 to experience something bad such as damage/defeat/loss, etcExperiencing and sufferingDamaging and spoilingDestroying and demolishingLosing and being defeatedScoring, winning and losing in sport
BECOME WORSE [I] to become worse in quality: If you're tired all the time, your work tends to suffer.Deteriorating and making worse
(Definition of suffer from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “suffer” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

hello stranger

said to a person that you know but have not seen for a long time

Word of the Day

Come on – you can do it! Phrasal verbs with ‘come’.

by Liz Walter​,
November 19, 2014
As part of an occasional series on the tricky subject of phrasal verbs, this blog looks at ones formed with the verb ‘come’. If you are reading this blog, I’m sure you already know come from, as it is one of the first things you learn in class: I come from Scotland/Spain.

Read More 

silver splicer noun

November 17, 2014
informal a person who marries in later life Newly retired and now newlywed – rise of the ‘silver splicers’ Reaching pension age becomes a trigger to tie the knot as baby-boomers begin to redefine retirement

Read More