Tolerate Definition

tolerated, tolerates, tolerating
tolerated, tolerates, tolerating
To not interfere with; allow; permit.
To tolerate heresy.
Webster's New World
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.
American Heritage
To recognize and respect (others' beliefs, practices, etc.) without sharing them.
Webster's New World
To bear, or put up with (someone or something not especially liked)
Webster's New World
To accept or be patient regarding (something unpleasant or undesirable); endure.
Tolerated his insults for weeks.
American Heritage

Origin of Tolerate

  • From Latin tolerātus (past participle), from tolerō (“I endure"). Cognate with Old English þolian (“to tolerate, suffer, bear"). More at thole.

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin tolerāre tolerāt- to bear telə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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