tolerate

verb
tol·​er·​ate | \ ˈtä-lə-ˌrāt How to pronounce tolerate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce tolerative (audio) \ adjective
tolerator \ ˈtä-​lə-​ˌrā-​tər How to pronounce tolerator (audio) \ 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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The fact that the damage to the nearly mature fruit is not as bad as regular stink bugs gives gardeners some room to tolerate the presence of a small number of the pests. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "How to stop the bugs eating your tomatoes, peaches," 21 June 2019 This involved finding two additional cars that were immediately wrecked during this testing, just to establish a baseline of what the vehicles could tolerate. Eric Adams, Popular Mechanics, "How 'Shaft' Brought the 1971 Chevy Chevelle SS Into 2019," 14 June 2019 Responding to the report, Administrator Seema Verma said the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services does not tolerate abuse and mistreatment and slaps significant fines on nursing homes that fail to report cases. Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, The Denver Post, "AP: Nursing facilities failed to report thousands of serious cases of potential neglect, abuse of seniors on Medicare," 12 June 2019 Horrific views were tolerated, then mushroomed into policies and actions, and in ways Jews and others didn’t immediately see. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "Is a detention center a concentration camp?," 22 June 2019 Even after the September 2001 terrorist attacks, Americans were willing to tolerate only so much infringement of their freedoms to increase security, Morag said. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "Dallas’ ‘lone wolf’ shooting shows how we’re always in danger, even with improved security," 22 June 2019 In today’s Cuba, can churches and LGBTQ rights each find path forward? Cuba isn’t known for tolerating much public religion, or public dissent. Christian Science Monitor, "World | Americas," 7 June 2019 Showing this, though, will require seriousness, discipline, and more risk than Democrats appear willing to tolerate right now. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Democrats Are Losing This Made-for-TV Moment," 12 June 2019 Its members, male and female, have harnessed voices fed up with how domestic violence has been tolerated in this city. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "Castro, Doggett announce town hall on domestic violence in San Antonio," 6 June 2019

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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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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 How to pronounce tolerate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce tolerate (audio) \
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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