Suffer Suf"fer, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Suffered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Suffering}.] [OE. suffren, soffren, OF. sufrir, sofrir, F. souffrir, (assumed) LL. sofferire, for L. sufferre; sub under + ferre to bear, akin to E. bear. See {Bear} to support.] 1. To feel, or endure, with pain, annoyance, etc.; to submit to with distress or grief; to undergo; as, to suffer pain of body, or grief of mind. [1913 Webster]

2. To endure or undergo without sinking; to support; to sustain; to bear up under. [1913 Webster]

Our spirit and strength entire, Strongly to suffer and support our pains. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. To undergo; to be affected by; to sustain; to experience; as, most substances suffer a change when long exposed to air and moisture; to suffer loss or damage. [1913 Webster]

If your more ponderous and settled project May suffer alteration. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. To allow; to permit; not to forbid or hinder; to tolerate. [1913 Webster]

Thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him. --Lev. xix. 17. [1913 Webster]

I suffer them to enter and possess. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To permit; bear; endure; support; sustain; allow; admit; tolerate. See {Permit}. [1913 Webster]

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