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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web By trying to protect our kids from all discomfort, researchers and clinicians repeatedly told me, parents were inadvertently preventing them from learning to tolerate the stresses and worries that are an inevitable part of life. Kate Julian, The Atlantic, "The Best Way to Parent in a Crisis Is to Tell the Truth," 23 June 2020 Schaaf condemned the incidents on Twitter, saying the city will not tolerate having symbols of racial injustice and reports that they were meant for exercise don't excuse their connotation. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Man claims 'nooses' found in park are exercise equipment after city launches hate crime investigation," 18 June 2020 There had to be some deep cultural reason for their willingness to accept the heavy hand of technological oversight—measures we Americans would never tolerate. Gideon Lewis-kraus, Wired, "How to Make Government Trustworthy Again," 18 June 2020 The next few weeks will show how willing consumers are to tolerate the risk of exposure to the virus in order to start buying things again. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "UK businesses are reopening to a sense of cautious optimism," 15 June 2020 The sort of person who refuses to use anything but a Mac because nothing else is pretty enough will probably not like, or even be able to tolerate, the Pop!_OS tile management. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Linux distro review: System76’s Ubuntu-based Pop!_OS," 11 June 2020 Walmart said the cases were put in place to deter shoplifters, and that the company does not tolerate discrimination. Chauncey Alcorn, CNN, "Walmart ends practice of locking up black hair care products sold at its stores," 11 June 2020 Do not simply tolerate your neighbor, but strive to understand one another. Tal Kopan, SFChronicle.com, "Slain Bay Area federal guard’s sister urges Congress to ‘make a change’ in his honor," 10 June 2020 Less than a month later, Malcolm X delivered a blistering speech against L.A. city officials for their willingness to tolerate police brutality. Arica L. Coleman, Time, "A Plan to Take the George Floyd Case to the U.N. Highlights a Decades-Old Tension Between Civil Rights and Human Rights," 10 June 2020

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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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The first known use of tolerate was in 1524

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29 Jun 2020

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“Tolerate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tolerate. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for tolerate

tolerate

verb
How to pronounce tolerate (audio)

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.
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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