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verb uk   /ˈsʌf.ər/  us   //

suffer verb (FEEL PAIN)

B1 [I] to experience physical or mental pain: I think he suffered quite a lot when his wife left him. She suffers terribly 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. 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 crushing defeat in the last election. 25 policemen suffered minor injuries during the protest. The city suffered another blow last month with the closure of the local car factory. If you will insist on eating three helpings of dessert, I'm afraid you'll have to suffer the consequences! [+ obj + -ing verb ] I had to suffer her father moaning for half an hour on the phone last night! When you're working such long hours, it's inevitable that your marriage will start to suffer. Like a lot of his films, it suffers from being a bit too long.
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