tolerate

verb
tol·​er·​ate | \ˈtä-lə-ˌrāt \
tolerated; tolerating

Definition of tolerate 

transitive verb

1a : to allow to be or to be done without prohibition, hindrance, or contradiction

b : 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

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Other Words from tolerate

tolerative \ˈtä-​lə-​ˌrā-​tiv \ adjective
tolerator \ˈtä-​lə-​ˌrā-​tər \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for tolerate

Synonyms

allow, let, permit, suffer

Antonyms

bar, block, constrain, prevent

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bear, suffer, endure, abide, tolerate, stand mean to put up with something trying or painful. bear usually implies the power to sustain without flinching or breaking. forced to bear a tragic loss suffer often suggests acceptance or passivity rather than courage or patience in bearing. suffering many insults endure implies continuing firm or resolute through trials and difficulties. endured years of rejection abide suggests acceptance without resistance or protest. cannot abide their rudeness tolerate suggests overcoming or successfully controlling an impulse to resist, avoid, or resent something injurious or distasteful. refused to tolerate such treatment stand emphasizes even more strongly the ability to bear without discomposure or flinching. unable to stand teasing

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.
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Others, including several Trump administration officials, said efforts to deter foreign hackers and send a message to Russia that election meddling wouldn’t be tolerated may have paid off. Robert Mcmillan, WSJ, "Russian Hackers Largely Skipped the Midterms, and No One Really Knows Why," 12 Nov. 2018 Inappropriate behavior that challenges our values or violates our policies is unacceptable — and will not be tolerated. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Under Armour won’t let employees expense “adult entertainment,” limos, or gambling anymore," 7 Nov. 2018 Chinese President Xi Jinping and other officials have warned separatist activity would not be tolerated. Fox News, "In a first, Hong Kong bans pro-independence political party," 23 Sep. 2018 Some patients previously had adverse reactions to animal insulin but tolerated the human insulin well. Henry I. Miller, WSJ, "Follow the FDA’s Self-Interest," 28 Oct. 2018 Because this part is so essential for the gene's function, changes to the DNA there aren't well tolerated. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Gene drive used to turn all female mosquitos sterile," 27 Sep. 2018 There are multiple Ebola vaccine candidates in development, including the cAd3-EBOZ vaccine, which was found to be well-tolerated and induced an immune response, according to findings presented in February 2016. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Experimental Ebola vaccine could be 'game-changer' in Congo outbreak," 18 May 2018 But over the last few decades, biologists have found all manner of hardy microbes here on Earth capable of tolerating similarly extreme conditions. Mike Wall, Space.com, "Life on Venus? Why It's Not an Absurd Thought," 16 Apr. 2018 If nothing else, the new business seemed to be well tolerated by fans — some now as old as the moms who accompanied them to Timberlake's earliest Detroit shows with ‘N Sync two decades ago. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "For Justin Timberlake, flash comes with flannel and a jean jacket at Little Caesars Arena," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of tolerate

1524, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for 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

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More Definitions for tolerate

tolerate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of tolerate

: 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

verb
tol·​er·​ate | \ˈtä-lə-ˌrāt \
tolerated; tolerating

Kids Definition of tolerate

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.

tolerate

transitive verb
tol·​er·​ate | \ˈtäl-ə-ˌrāt \
tolerated; tolerating

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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