- to allow the existence, presence, practice, or act of without prohibition or hindrance; permit.
- to endure without repugnance; put up with: I can tolerate laziness, but not incompetence.
- Medicine/Medical. to endure or resist the action of (a drug, poison, etc.).
- Obsolete. to experience, undergo, or sustain, as pain or hardship.
Origin of tolerate
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Examples from the Web for tolerate
“The US cannot tolerate the idea of any rival economic entity,” Stone writes.Oliver Stone’s Latest Dictator Suckup
January 5, 2015
Revisions went back and forth for weeks before Caro finally signed off on versions he could tolerate.‘The Power Broker’ Turns 40: How Robert Caro Wrote a Masterpiece
September 16, 2014
Should she leave her husband and endure loneliness or tolerate his dalliance and keep a companion for old age?Ian McEwan's New Novel Keeps Life at Arm's Length
September 11, 2014
Why tolerate toxicity in a powerful sphere of modern life that has the potential to—and does—benefit so many?Zelda Williams Is the Latest to Leave Twitter Because of Ugly Attacks
August 14, 2014
What you should want to create is a culture or community that immediately does not tolerate bigotry, harassment, and abuse.Female Journalist Gets Rape Threats Over Comic Book Criticism
April 21, 2014
But that terrible monopoly, the Paris-Lyon-Mditerrane, will tolerate no rivals.In the Heart of Vosges
To tolerate and accept it is to revive the dark evil ages afresh.
They only tolerate the female Orders, and will only have one flock.
I don't refer merely to the liaisons which we have had to tolerate.
In the same way, he came to tolerate Matt—as a possession of his master.White Fang
- to treat with indulgence, liberality, or forbearance
- to permit
- to be able to bear; put up with
- med to have tolerance for (a drug, poison, etc)
Word Origin and History for tolerate
1530s, from Latin toleratus, past participle of tolerare (see toleration). Related: Tolerated; tolerating.
- To allow without prohibiting or opposing; permit.
- To put up with; endure.
- To have tolerance for a substance or pathogen.