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Meaning & Definition of Tolerate in English

English

Tolerate

/tɑləret/

verb

1. Put up with something or somebody unpleasant

  • "I cannot bear his constant criticism"
  • "The new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarks"
  • "He learned to tolerate the heat"
  • "She stuck out two years in a miserable marriage"
    synonym:
  • digest
  • ,
  • endure
  • ,
  • stick out
  • ,
  • stomach
  • ,
  • bear
  • ,
  • stand
  • ,
  • tolerate
  • ,
  • support
  • ,
  • brook
  • ,
  • abide
  • ,
  • suffer
  • ,
  • put up

2. Recognize and respect (rights and beliefs of others)

  • "We must tolerate the religions of others"
    synonym:
  • tolerate

3. Have a tolerance for a poison or strong drug or pathogen or environmental condition

  • "The patient does not tolerate the anti-inflammatory drugs we gave him"
    synonym:
  • tolerate

4. Allow the presence of or allow (an activity) without opposing or prohibiting

  • "We don't allow dogs here"
  • "Children are not permitted beyond this point"
  • "We cannot tolerate smoking in the hospital"
    synonym:
  • allow
  • ,
  • permit
  • ,
  • tolerate

Examples of using

I can't tolerate his rudeness.
I won't tolerate such language!
I cannot tolerate noisy children.