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Meaning of TOLERATE

Pronunciation:  'tâlu`reyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  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"
  2. [v]  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"
  3. [v]  Medicine: have a tolerance for a poison or strong drug or pathogen; "The patient does not tolerate the anti-inflammatory drugs we gave him"
  4. [v]  recognize and respect (rights and beliefs of others); "The Taliban in Afghanistan do not tolerate religions other than fundamental Islam"

TOLERATE is a 8 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: abide, allow, bear, brook, endure, permit, put up, stand, stomach, suffer, support
 See Also: abide by, accept, allow, bear up, countenance, countenance, endure, hold still for, honor, honour, let, let, live with, observe, pay, permit, respect, sit out, stand for, submit, suffer, swallow, take, take a joke, take lying down, undergo



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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 E. thole. See {Thole}, and cf. {Atlas},
{Collation}, {Delay}, {Elate}, {Extol}, {Legislate},
{Oblate}, {Prelate}, {Relate}, {Superlative}, {Talent},
{Toll} to take away, {Translate}.]
To suffer to be, or to be done, without prohibition or
hindrance; to allow or permit negatively, by not preventing;
not to restrain; to put up with; as, to tolerate doubtful

      Crying should not be tolerated in children. --Locke.

      We tolerate them because property and liberty, to a
      degree, require that toleration.         --Burke.

Syn: See {Permit}.