Tolerate definition

tŏlə-rāt
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.

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To recognize and respect (the rights, beliefs, or practices of others).
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To bear, or put up with (someone or something not especially liked)
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To accept or be patient regarding (something unpleasant or undesirable); endure.

Tolerated his insults for weeks.

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(medicine) To have tolerance for (a substance or pathogen).
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To allow (something that one dislikes or disagrees with) to exist or occur without interference.

I like the way he plays the guitar, but I can't tolerate his voice when he sings.

I can tolerate working on Saturdays, but not on Sundays.

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To not interfere with; allow; permit.

To tolerate heresy.

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To recognize and respect (others' beliefs, practices, etc.) without sharing them.
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(med.) To have tolerance for (a specific drug, etc.)
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To have tolerance for a substance or pathogen.
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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.

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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.

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Origin of tolerate

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

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

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

    From Wiktionary