- To tolerate is defined as to allow something, even if it is not your practice or something that you like.
- An example of to tolerate is to not interfere with someone’s religious beliefs.
- An example of to tolerate is to allow someone to smoke around you even if you hate the smell.
- Tolerate means for a body to accept something.
An example of to tolerate is for your system to be ok with large doses of medicine.
transitive verb-·at·ed, -·at·ing
- to not interfere with; allow; permit: to tolerate heresy
- to recognize and respect (others' beliefs, practices, etc.) without sharing them
- to bear, or put up with (someone or something not especially liked)
- Med. to have tolerance for (a specific drug, etc.)
Origin of toleratefrom Classical Latin toleratus, past participle of tolerare, to bear, sustain, tolerate from Indo-European base an unverified form tel-, to lift up, bear from source thole, talent, Classical Latin tollere, to lift up
transitive verbtol·er·at·ed, tol·er·at·ing, tol·er·ates
- To refrain from interfering with or prohibiting (something undesirable or outside one's own practice or beliefs); allow or permit: The president will not tolerate any deviation from stated policy.
- To recognize and respect (the rights, beliefs, or practices of others).
- To accept or be patient regarding (something unpleasant or undesirable); endure: tolerated his insults for weeks. See Synonyms at endure.
- Medicine To have tolerance for (a substance or pathogen).
Origin of tolerateLatin tolerāre tolerāt- to bear ; see telə- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present tolerates, present participle tolerating, simple past and past participle tolerated)
- This is a catenative verb that takes the gerund (-ing).