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 The academy is supposed to encourage and tolerate vigorous debate not end it with mob condemnation. Joel M. Zinberg, National Review, "Cancel Culture Comes to Medicine," 16 Sep. 2020 Even so, there are terrestrial organisms that will happily tolerate such extremely acidic conditions in hot springs or other environments. Adam Mann, Scientific American, "Venus Might Host Life, New Discovery Suggests," 14 Sep. 2020 Another topic Lagarde is likely to be asked about is the Federal Reserve’s new framework, which allows the central bank to tolerate faster inflation after periods of weakness. Piotr Skolimowski, Bloomberg.com, "ECB Confronts Weaker Economy, Stronger Euro: Decision Day Guide," 10 Sep. 2020 For most grasses, 2 inches is about top range a homeowner will tolerate, but higher is even better. oregonlive, "What you need to know to get a tired lawn back into shape," 31 Aug. 2020 Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution never to violate, in the least particular, the laws of the country; and never to tolerate their violation by others. Star Tribune, "Abraham Lincoln: America's greatest danger is the 'mobocratic spirit'," 28 Aug. 2020 Some argue that private actors must tolerate differing views for free speech to survive, while others say the only concern should be government intrusions on speech. Bradley A. Smith, WSJ, "Political Giving Should Be Private," 26 Aug. 2020 Rubber tree, an easy-to-grow large plant that will tolerate dim lighting Avoid watering mistakes. Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, "The Beginner’s Guide to Becoming a Plant Person," 11 Aug. 2020 To figure out how the fish tissues tolerate each other, the researchers sequenced the genes of 10 types of anglerfishes. Katherine J. Wu, New York Times, "How the Ultimate Live-in Boyfriend Evolved His Way Around Rejection," 30 July 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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21 Sep 2020

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“Tolerate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tolerate. Accessed 24 Sep. 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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