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English definition of “suffer”

suffer

verb [I or T] (EXPERIENCE)    /ˈsʌf.ər/ US  //
B2 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.Experiencing and suffering
(Definition of suffer verb (EXPERIENCE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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