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tolerate

[ tol-uh-reyt ]
/ 藞t蓲l 蓹藢re瑟t /
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verb (used with object), tol路er路at路ed, tol路er路at路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鈥35; <Latin toler膩tus, past participle of toler膩re to bear (akin to thole2); see -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for tolerate

tolerate
/ (藞t蓲l蓹藢re瑟t) /

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 toler膩re sustain; related to thole
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