tolerate

[ tol-uh-reyt ]
/ ˈtɒl əˌreɪt /

verb (used with object), tol·er·at·ed, tol·er·at·ing.

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.

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Origin of tolerate

1525–35; <Latin tolerātus, past participle of tolerāre to bear (akin to thole2); see -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for tolerate

tolerate
/ (ˈtɒləˌreɪt) /

verb (tr)

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)

Derived forms of tolerate

tolerative, adjectivetolerator, noun

Word Origin for tolerate

C16: from Latin tolerāre sustain; related to thole ²
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Medical definitions for tolerate

tolerate
[ tŏlə-rāt′ ]

v.

To allow without prohibiting or opposing; permit.
To put up with; endure.
To have tolerance for a substance or pathogen.
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