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To have or develop an illness or symptom - thesaurus

Synonyms

suffer

verb

to have a particular illness or physical problem

get

verb

to start to have an illness or medical condition

contract

verb

to become infected with a disease

come down with

to become ill with a particular disease, usually one that is not serious

develop

verb

to begin to be affected by a disease or medical condition

catch

verb

to get a disease or illness

have

verb

to suffer from an illness, disease, injury, or pain

afflict

verb

formal if you are afflicted by an illness or serious problem, you suffer from it

go down with

to become ill with a particular illness

swim

verb

if your head or eyes are swimming, you cannot think or see clearly, usually because you are tired or ill

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acquire

verb

to get a disease, illness, or infection

ail

verb

old-fashioned to make someone ill or unhappy

atrophy

verb

medical if a part of your body atrophies or is atrophied, it becomes weaker or smaller because you are not using it or because blood is not reaching it

be on/off the danger list

to be very ill in hospital and likely to die/no longer very ill in hospital and not likely to die. The American expression is be on/off the critical list.

be sickening for something

to start to become ill

burn out

if you burn out, or if you burn yourself out, you make yourself ill or unable to continue working because you have worked too hard

burn up

if someone is burning up, they are very hot, especially because they have a fever

come out in

to become covered in spots because you are ill or because your body reacts to a food or medicine

crack up

to become mentally ill

dehydrate

verb

medical to lose water from your body by not drinking enough or by sweating, vomiting, or having diarrhoea

fail

verb

if someone’s health is failing, they are becoming weak and less able to do things

froth

verb

if a person or animal froths, froth comes from their mouth, especially because they are ill

go down/fall/drop like ninepins

used for saying that a lot of people suddenly all become ill or all fail at something

going down/dropping like flies

getting ill or dying in large numbers very quickly

go mad

to become mentally ill

hallucinate

verb

to see or hear something that is not really there, especially because of an illness or the effect of drugs

harbour

verb

if a person harbours an illness or infection, they have it

have a frog in your throat

to be unable to speak clearly for a short time because your throat is dry or blocked

have a history of something

if you have a history of a medical condition or other problem, you have had it before

have a temperature

to have a temperature that is higher than normal, which means that you have a fever

have the shits

to have diarrhoea

incubate

verb

medical if you incubate a disease, or if it incubates, it develops inside your body until it becomes noticeable

invade

verb

to spread to a part of the body and cause damage there

keel over

informal if a person keels over, they fall, especially because they unexpectedly feel ill

lose your voice

to be unable to speak for a period of time, for example because you have a cold

pick up

informal to get an illness

present

verb

medical if a patient presents with particular signs of an illness, they have those signs

puff up

to swell because of an injury or illness

rave

verb

to talk in a crazy way when you are very ill

relapse

verb

to become ill again after you had been getting better

run a temperature/fever

to be very hot because you are ill

see double

to have something wrong with your eyes, so that one object looks like two

sicken

verb

old-fashioned to become ill

spin

verb

if your head spins, you feel confused or ill

succumb

verb

formal to become very ill or to die from a disease

swim

verb

if things swim, they appear to be moving, usually because you are tired or ill

waste away

to gradually become thinner and weaker over a period of time, usually because of an illness

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