Definition of tolerate
1a : to allow to be or to be done without prohibition, hindrance, or contradictionb : to put up with learn to tolerate one another
2 : to endure or resist the action of (something, such as a drug or food) without serious side effects or discomfort : exhibit physiological tolerance for
tolerativeplay \-ˌrā-tiv\ adjective
toleratorplay \-ˌrā-tər\ noun
Examples of tolerate in a Sentence
Our teacher will not tolerate bad grammar.
Racist or sexist behavior will not be tolerated.
I can't tolerate that noise.
The government cannot tolerate lawlessness.
How can you tolerate such laziness?
These plants tolerate drought well.
I don't like my boss, but I tolerate him.
Recent Examples of tolerate from the Web
Why do communities tolerate one religion over another?
No independent media are tolerated (though foreign journalists can visit easily enough).
And Southerners, especially mine, did not tolerate in-the-bird dressing.
More recently, the NGA's Employee Council has posted memos accusing senior leaders of tolerating harassment and misbehavior, with some members citing the Knight case as an example.
Most people can’t tolerate detoxing from opioids without support or medications to ease the withdrawal symptoms, said Dr. Kyle Kampman, a psychiatrist who specializes in addiction at the University of Pennsylvania.
Suzanne Malouf, Nick's mother, explains that negative criticism is not something Nick tolerates well.
Most healthy people can tolerate these occurrences with little difficulty and minor discomfort.
In the quest for rocket materials that can tolerate more heat, engineers have been trying to devise tough, lightweight composites made of silicon carbide fibers, a small fraction of the width of a human hair, embedded in a ceramic material.
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Origin and Etymology 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: 1524See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of tolerate
TOLERATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tolerate for English Language Learners
: 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)
TOLERATE Defined for Kids
Definition of tolerate for Students
1 : to allow something to be or to be done without making a move to stop it Our teacher will tolerate a certain amount of giggling.
2 : to stand the action of These plants tolerate drought well.
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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