- 1Allow the existence, occurrence, or practice of (something that one does not necessarily like or agree with) without interference: a regime unwilling to tolerate dissentMore example sentences
- Nor can Bulgaria afford to have its image besmeared again by being seen to be tolerating such practices.
- No nation can prosper where corrupt practices are tolerated or in some aspects even encouraged.
- This shocking and disgraceful practice should not be tolerated in any society.
- 1.1Accept or endure (someone or something unpleasant or disliked) with forbearance: how was it that she could tolerate such noise?More example sentences
- Her mother barely tolerated her ex-husband, and he was way down on her list of favorite conversation topics.
- Robinson had been brought up by a mother who tolerated men, while believing herself superior.
- Thank you to my colleagues who have supported and tolerated me.
- 1.2Be capable of continued subjection to (a drug, toxin, or environmental condition) without adverse reaction: lichens grow in conditions that no other plants tolerateMore example sentences
- In addition, this medication is well tolerated, with few adverse effects.
- Antiviral therapy is not highly effective in transplant patients and poses additional problems for these individuals, who may have difficulty tolerating the potent drugs it involves.
- Patients tolerating the drugs initially are much less likely to develop side effects afterward.
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- Three theoretical polarities are widely recognized and are here called breeders (with emphasis or reproduction), competitors (with emphasis on agonistic behavior), and tolerators (with emphasis on coping with resource shortages).
- Breeders, competitors and tolerators are useful as categories, but are more informative as quantified axes, or polarities.
- Both pines are sclerophyllous like tolerators, as are dawn redwood and bald cypress.
early 16th century (in the sense 'endure (pain)'): from Latin tolerat- 'endured', from the verb tolerare.