Definition of tolerate in English:

tolerate

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Allow the existence, occurrence, or practice of (something that one does not necessarily like or agree with) without interference.

    ‘a regime unwilling to tolerate dissent’
    • ‘I promise you, that kind of behavior will not be tolerated under any circumstances.’
    • ‘No dissent is tolerated and concerned citizens who are vocal are considered special interest groups.’
    • ‘We need a mirror philosophy, if you will, one that reflects a state-endorsed ideology, tolerates no criticism, deals brutally with those who disagree and advances its cause with self-righteous violence.’
    • ‘The protest was a rare event in a country where political dissent isn't tolerated.’
    • ‘What company could tolerate an employee violating a basic rule of employment and of security?’
    • ‘We might tolerate or even allow prostitution but we do not encourage or commend it.’
    • ‘Those who knew him were aware he would not tolerate dissent like that, but would pick his time.’
    • ‘The ancient Romans tolerated all religions so long as everyone had some religion.’
    • ‘So how can a community tolerate a custom or practice which itself is criminal?’
    • ‘Dissenting voices cannot be tolerated, because they imply that a conservative future may not last forever.’
    • ‘We are operating under de facto one-party rule within which no dissent is tolerated.’
    • ‘Under these conditions, it cannot tolerate anything less than total submission to its reckless and criminal foreign policy agenda.’
    • ‘No nation can prosper where corrupt practices are tolerated or in some aspects even encouraged.’
    • ‘Nor can Bulgaria afford to have its image besmeared again by being seen to be tolerating such practices.’
    • ‘He said this would not be allowed in a court of law and should not be tolerated at the oral hearing.’
    • ‘The Taliban had their grip firmly on the levers of power in Afghanistan, and tolerated no opposition or dissent.’
    • ‘Liberalism is, therefore, utopian; it tolerates no regime but itself.’
    • ‘Similarly, in North Korea dissent is not tolerated.’
    • ‘This shocking and disgraceful practice should not be tolerated in any society.’
    • ‘Other societies have grudgingly tolerated prostitution as a safeguard for the family.’
    allow, permit, authorize, sanction, condone, indulge, agree to, accede to, approve of
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    1. 1.1 Accept or endure (someone or something unpleasant or disliked) with forbearance.
      ‘how was it that she could tolerate such noise?’
      • ‘Mavericks and fools are often tolerated by parties as long as they're vote winners.’
      • ‘Many a factory or office worker would not tolerate these conditions, calling on the union rep to take action.’
      • ‘She tolerates the waiter, who refuses to leave her alone, and becomes defensive when he tells her that a lunch consisting of coffee and cigarettes is not very healthy.’
      • ‘Her mother barely tolerated her ex-husband, and he was way down on her list of favorite conversation topics.’
      • ‘It doesn't help that Daisy barely tolerates him.’
      • ‘In Italy, for example, children are tolerated in restaurants even when they ought to be tucked up in bed.’
      • ‘As you are probably aware, Kyle is not someone who tolerates people yelling at him.’
      • ‘If, like death and taxes, people tolerate you because they are stuck with you, you're a lost cause.’
      • ‘It's just that you can't tolerate people who want to control or possess you.’
      • ‘Like the gallumphing horde of stray dogs which roam the cobbled streets, tourists are tolerated by the locals - up to a point.’
      • ‘My brother, her own son, could hardly tolerate being in her presence.’
      • ‘But that seems to be slowly changing, with most people tolerating you, if not welcoming you into their establishment.’
      • ‘You don't tolerate restrictions of your freedom and mobility, needing to be constantly on the move.’
      • ‘However, even those banished to the outer reaches of the town are not willing to tolerate bad conditions.’
      • ‘Thank you to my colleagues who have supported and tolerated me.’
      • ‘He tolerates her because it is his ambition to beat her at pool.’
      • ‘They know they are working for a company with standards; he doesn't tolerate people who don't perform well.’
      • ‘Learning requires tolerating people who make mistakes.’
      • ‘He tolerated me and loved me when I was being moody and difficult.’
      • ‘Robinson had been brought up by a mother who tolerated men, while believing herself superior.’
      consume, take, stomach, digest, eat, receive, be subjected to, withstand subjection to, be treated with
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    2. 1.2 Be capable of continued subjection to (a drug, toxin, or environmental condition) without adverse reaction.
      ‘lichens grow in conditions that no other plants tolerate’
      • ‘He has also been seen by an endocrinologist who confirms that, medically, he can tolerate the drug.’
      • ‘The number of adverse effects was comparable in the groups, and both drugs were well tolerated.’
      • ‘Unfortunately it is poorly tolerated, and doubts have been raised about its effect on growth.’
      • ‘Thoracic irradiation has been poorly tolerated among HIV-infected patients with lung cancer.’
      • ‘Patients tolerating the drugs initially are much less likely to develop side effects afterward.’
      • ‘In general the antidepressants are safe and well tolerated medications.’
      • ‘Like most trees, they prefer full sun but will tolerate light shade.’
      • ‘Although pin oaks grow best in full sun, they will tolerate light shade.’
      • ‘The medication is well tolerated and has a favorable side effect profile.’
      • ‘Leafy vegetables tolerate some shade, but fruiting types such as squash need sun.’
      • ‘The peace lily is an indoor plant and will not tolerate frosty conditions.’
      • ‘Antiviral therapy is not highly effective in transplant patients and poses additional problems for these individuals, who may have difficulty tolerating the potent drugs it involves.’
      • ‘Adverse events seem to be dose related, supporting the practice of starting with a low dose and increasing slowly as the drug is tolerated.’
      • ‘Colchicine given orally or intravenously is an alternative but is poorly tolerated by elderly people.’
      • ‘In addition, this medication is well tolerated, with few adverse effects.’
      • ‘Apart from skin reactions at the vaccine site, intradermal administration of the vaccine was well tolerated.’
      • ‘Horses tolerate these doses well with few cases of diarrhea or stomach irritation.’
      • ‘The drug was well tolerated, particularly in the lower dosage group.’
      • ‘If the medication is well tolerated, it can be continued as long as it is effective.’
      • ‘The drug is well tolerated and, in most cases, should be considered the drug of choice.’
      consume, take, stomach, digest, eat, receive, be subjected to, withstand subjection to, be treated with
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Origin

Early 16th century (in the sense ‘endure pain’): from Latin tolerat- ‘endured’, from the verb tolerare.

Pronunciation

tolerate

/ˈtɑləˌreɪt//ˈtäləˌrāt/