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suf·fer

suffer

 
 
pronunciation:
suh fr
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part of speech: verb
inflections: suffers, suffering, suffered
definition 1: to feel pain or misfortune.
She suffers from headaches.He suffered for his past mistakes.
synonyms:
hurt
similar words:
ache, ail, grieve, pay, trouble
definition 2: to be harmed or hurt in some way.
His grades suffered when he started playing football.
synonyms:
deteriorate
antonyms:
benefit
similar words:
decline, drop off, lose
definition 3: to experience or endure.
She suffered the loss of her job.
synonyms:
endure, experience, undergo
similar words:
bear, encounter, tolerate
derivations: sufferable (adj.), sufferably (adv.), sufferer (n.)
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The word suffer contains the following parts:
suf- Latin prefix that means under, below
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The prefix suf- occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of sub- used before roots beginning with "f," such as "fus" and "fix." See sub-.
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fer, lat2, -late Latin root that means carry, bring
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See also -iferous and -fic