Definition of tolerate in English:

tolerate

Line breaks: tol¦er|ate
Pronunciation: /ˈtɒləreɪt
 
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verb

[with object]
  • 1Allow the existence, occurrence, or practice of (something that one dislikes or disagrees with) without interference: a regime unwilling to tolerate dissent
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    allow, permit, authorize, sanction, condone, indulge, agree to, accede to, approve of; endure, put up with, bear, take, stand, support, submit to, stomach, undergo; accept, swallow, brook, countenance, admit of, recognize, acknowledge; ignore, turn a blind eye to, wink at; Scottish thole
    informal stick, hack, abide
    British informal wear, be doing with
    archaic suffer
  • 1.1Accept or endure (someone or something unpleasant or disliked) with forbearance: how was it that she could tolerate such noise?
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    consume, take, stomach, digest, eat, receive, be subjected to, withstand subjection to, be treated with
  • 2Be capable of continued subjection to (a drug, toxin, or environmental condition) without adverse reaction: lichens grow in conditions that no other plants tolerate
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    • 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.

Derivatives

tolerator

noun
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

early 16th century (in the sense 'endure pain'): from Latin tolerat- 'endured', from the verb tolerare.

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