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.
- tol·er·a·tive, adjective
- tol·er·a·tor, noun
- non·tol·er·at·ed, adjective
- non·tol·er·a·tive, adjective
- un·tol·er·at·ed, adjective
- un·tol·er·at·ing, adjective
- un·tol·er·a·tive, adjective
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How to use tolerate in a sentence
Kids that are growing up today, they just aren’t tolerating anything and I do love that.
He then said he could not use it because, as he has gotten older, his stomach cannot tolerate hot, spicy food.Miss Manners: She’s ‘best’ at giving gifts but stinks at receiving them | Judith Martin, Nicholas Martin, Jacobina Martin | February 4, 2021 | Washington Post
We must affirm that this type of behavior is not now, will not be tomorrow and will never be tolerated in the United States Congress.House to vote on removing GOP’s Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committees | Felicia Sonmez, John Wagner, Colby Itkowitz | February 4, 2021 | Washington Post
For years, defense officials have said that they do not tolerate extremism in the ranks — a point that senior defense officials repeated Tuesday.12 members of the National Guard removed from inauguration duty | Dan Lamothe, Alex Horton, Paul Sonne | January 19, 2021 | Washington Post
However, we needed to fly over people to get feedback about how people would tolerate the minimized boom.
“The US cannot tolerate the idea of any rival economic entity,” Stone writes.
He also wrote, “Torture is not a thing that we can tolerate.”The Luxury Homes That Torture and Your Tax Dollars Built | Michael Daly | December 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Scott Porch | September 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Should she leave her husband and endure loneliness or tolerate his dalliance and keep a companion for old age?
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 | Tauriq Moosa | August 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I cannot believe that a good God would create or tolerate a Devil, nor that he would allow the Devil to tempt man.God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
Her left knee was supported on pillows, and the bed-clothes were raised away from it, for it could tolerate no weight whatever.Hilda Lessways | Arnold Bennett
But if the "great public" will only tolerate one as a pupil long enough, eventually, one must succeed.Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
An ear accustomed to the fine tone of a good violin will not now tolerate a bad piano-forte.Violins and Violin Makers | Joseph Pearce
But I would tolerate, welcome, indeed, plead for a stiff protective duty upon foreign goods.Third class in Indian railways | Mahatma Gandhi
British Dictionary definitions for tolerate
to treat with indulgence, liberality, or forbearance
to be able to bear; put up with
med to have tolerance for (a drug, poison, etc)
- tolerative, adjective
- tolerator, noun
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