What is the meaning of tolerate?


  • Put up with something or somebody unpleasant.
    • usage: "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"
  • Recognize and respect (rights and beliefs of others. )
    • usage: "We must tolerate the religions of others"
  • Have a tolerance for a poison or strong drug or pathogen or environmental condition.
    • usage: "The patient does not tolerate the anti-inflammatory drugs we gave him"
  • Allow the presence of or allow (an activity) without opposing or prohibiting.
    • usage: "We don't allow dogs here"; "Children are not permitted beyond this point"; "We cannot tolerate smoking in the hospital"
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