tolerate


tol·er·ate

transitive verb \ˈtä-lə-ˌrāt\

: to allow (something that is bad, unpleasant, etc.) to exist, happen, or be done

: to experience (something harmful or unpleasant) without being harmed

: to accept the feelings, behavior, or beliefs of (someone)

tol·er·at·edtol·er·at·ing

Full Definition of TOLERATE

1
:  to endure or resist the action of (as a drug or food) without serious side effects or discomfort :  exhibit physiological tolerance for
2
a :  to allow to be or to be done without prohibition, hindrance, or contradiction
b :  to put up with <learn to tolerate one another>
tol·er·a·tive \-ˌrā-tiv\ adjective
tol·er·a·tor \-ˌrā-tər\ noun

Examples of TOLERATE

  1. Our teacher will not tolerate bad grammar.
  2. Racist or sexist behavior will not be tolerated.
  3. I can't tolerate that noise.
  4. The government cannot tolerate lawlessness.
  5. How can you tolerate such laziness?
  6. These plants tolerate drought well.
  7. I don't like my boss, but I tolerate him.

Origin of TOLERATE

Latin toleratus, past participle of tolerare to endure, put up with; akin to Old English tholian to bear, Latin tollere to lift up, latus carried (suppletive past participle of ferre), Greek tlēnai to bear
First Known Use: 1524

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tol·er·ate

transitive verb \ˈtäl-ə-ˌrāt\   (Medical Dictionary)
tol·er·at·edtol·er·at·ing

Medical Definition of TOLERATE

: to endure or resist the action of (as a drug or food) without serious side effects or discomfort : exhibit physiological tolerance for <a premature baby…does not tolerate fats very well—H. R. Litchfield & L. H. Dembo>

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