Definition of tolerate
- learn to tolerate one another
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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put up with;
: 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)
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investment of mental or emotional energy
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