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Meaning & Definition of Tolerate in English





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"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • allow,
  • permit,
  • tolerate

Examples of using

I won't tolerate any mistakes.
I don't tolerate insubordination.
He could not by any means tolerate the ghastly smell of rotting onion.