tolerate

tolerate
tol|e|rate [ˈtɔləreıt US ˈta:-] v [T]
[Date: 1500-1600; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of tolerare]
1.) to allow people to do, say, or believe something without criticizing or punishing them
→↑tolerant, tolerance ↑tolerance
We simply will not tolerate vigilante groups on our streets.
2.) to be able to accept something unpleasant or difficult, even though you do not like it
→↑tolerant, tolerance ↑tolerance
= ↑stand, bear ↑bear
I couldn't tolerate the long hours.
3.) if a plant tolerates particular weather or soil conditions, it can exist in them
plants that tolerate drought
4.) if a person or their body can tolerate a food or other substance, it can use it without becoming ill
Women's bodies can tolerate less alcohol than men's.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Tolerate — Tol er*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Tolerated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Tolerating}.] [L. toleratus, p. p. of tolerare, fr. the same root as tollere to lift up, tuli, used as perfect of ferre to bear, latus (for tlatus), used as p. p. of ferre to bear, and …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tolerate — [täl′ər āt΄] vt. tolerated, tolerating [< L toleratus, pp. of tolerare, to bear, sustain, tolerate < IE base * tel , to lift up, bear > THOLE2, TALENT, L tollere, to lift up] 1. to not interfere with; allow; permit [to tolerate heresy] 2 …   English World dictionary

  • tolerate — I verb abide, accept, acquiesce, allow, be lenient, bear, bear with, brook, carry on, consent, endure, forbear, indulge, make the best of, oblige, permit, put up with, receive, sanction, stand, stomach, submit to, suffer, swallow, take patiently …   Law dictionary

  • tolerate — (v.) 1530s, from L. toleratus, pp. of tolerare (see TOLERATION (Cf. toleration)). Related: Tolerated; tolerating …   Etymology dictionary

  • tolerate — endure, abide, *bear, suffer, stand, brook Analogous words: accept, *receive: submit, *yield, bow, succumb …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • tolerate — [v] allow, indulge abide, accept, admit, authorize, bear, bear with, blink at*, brook, condone, consent to, countenance, endure, go, go along with, have, hear, humor, live with, permit, pocket, put up with, receive, sanction, sit and take it*,… …   New thesaurus

  • tolerate — ► VERB 1) allow (something that one dislikes or disagrees with) to exist or occur without interference. 2) patiently endure (something unpleasant). 3) be capable of continued exposure to (a drug, toxin, etc.) without adverse reaction. DERIVATIVES …   English terms dictionary

  • tolerate — verb 1 allow sth you do not like ADVERB ▪ barely ▪ just, merely ▪ She actually seemed pleased to see him: most of her visitors she merely tolerated. ▪ grudgingly ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • tolerate — 01. It is difficult to [tolerate] a person who continually lies. 02. I find it really difficult to [tolerate] obnoxious people. 03. Living conditions while working tree planting weren t great, but they were certainly [tolerable]. 04. If you take… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • tolerate */ — UK [ˈtɒləreɪt] / US [ˈtɑləˌreɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms tolerate : present tense I/you/we/they tolerate he/she/it tolerates present participle tolerating past tense tolerated past participle tolerated 1) to allow someone to do something… …   English dictionary

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