Meaning of tolerate in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtɒləreɪt/

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[with object]
  • 1Allow the existence, occurrence, or practice of (something that one dislikes or disagrees with) without interference.

    ‘a regime unwilling to tolerate dissent’
    • ‘Nor can Bulgaria afford to have its image besmeared again by being seen to be tolerating such practices.’
    • ‘No nation can prosper where corrupt practices are tolerated or in some aspects even encouraged.’
    • ‘This shocking and disgraceful practice should not be tolerated in any society.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘No dissent is tolerated and concerned citizens who are vocal are considered special interest groups.’
    • ‘The protest was a rare event in a country where political dissent isn't tolerated.’
    • ‘Those who knew him were aware he would not tolerate dissent like that, but would pick his time.’
    • ‘Similarly, in North Korea dissent is not tolerated.’
    • ‘Liberalism is, therefore, utopian; it tolerates no regime but itself.’
    • ‘We might tolerate or even allow prostitution but we do not encourage or commend it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He said this would not be allowed in a court of law and should not be tolerated at the oral hearing.’
    • ‘Other societies have grudgingly tolerated prostitution as a safeguard for the family.’
    • ‘I promise you, that kind of behavior will not be tolerated under any circumstances.’
    • ‘We are operating under de facto one-party rule within which no dissent is tolerated.’
    • ‘The ancient Romans tolerated all religions so long as everyone had some religion.’
    • ‘Under these conditions, it cannot tolerate anything less than total submission to its reckless and criminal foreign policy agenda.’
    • ‘What company could tolerate an employee violating a basic rule of employment and of security?’
    allow, permit, authorize, sanction, condone, indulge, agree to, accede to, approve of
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    1. 1.1Accept or endure (someone or something unpleasant or disliked) with forbearance.
      ‘how was it that she could tolerate such noise?’
      • ‘Her mother barely tolerated her ex-husband, and he was way down on her list of favorite conversation topics.’
      • ‘Robinson had been brought up by a mother who tolerated men, while believing herself superior.’
      • ‘Thank you to my colleagues who have supported and tolerated me.’
      • ‘But that seems to be slowly changing, with most people tolerating you, if not welcoming you into their establishment.’
      • ‘They know they are working for a company with standards; he doesn't tolerate people who don't perform well.’
      • ‘If, like death and taxes, people tolerate you because they are stuck with you, you're a lost cause.’
      • ‘Learning requires tolerating people who make mistakes.’
      • ‘As you are probably aware, Kyle is not someone who tolerates people yelling at him.’
      • ‘It's just that you can't tolerate people who want to control or possess you.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It doesn't help that Daisy barely tolerates him.’
      • ‘He tolerates her because it is his ambition to beat her at pool.’
      • ‘Like the gallumphing horde of stray dogs which roam the cobbled streets, tourists are tolerated by the locals - up to a point.’
      • ‘He tolerated me and loved me when I was being moody and difficult.’
      • ‘In Italy, for example, children are tolerated in restaurants even when they ought to be tucked up in bed.’
      • ‘Mavericks and fools are often tolerated by parties as long as they're vote winners.’
      • ‘My brother, her own son, could hardly tolerate being in her presence.’
      • ‘You don't tolerate restrictions of your freedom and mobility, needing to be constantly on the move.’
      • ‘Many a factory or office worker would not tolerate these conditions, calling on the union rep to take action.’
      • ‘However, even those banished to the outer reaches of the town are not willing to tolerate bad conditions.’
      consume, take, stomach, digest, eat, receive, be subjected to, withstand subjection to, be treated with
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  • 2Be capable of continued subjection to (a drug, toxin, or environmental condition) without adverse reaction.

    ‘lichens grow in conditions that no other plants tolerate’
    • ‘In addition, this medication is well tolerated, with few adverse effects.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Patients tolerating the drugs initially are much less likely to develop side effects afterward.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Adverse events seem to be dose related, supporting the practice of starting with a low dose and increasing slowly as the drug is tolerated.’
    • ‘He has also been seen by an endocrinologist who confirms that, medically, he can tolerate the drug.’
    • ‘The peace lily is an indoor plant and will not tolerate frosty conditions.’
    • ‘Apart from skin reactions at the vaccine site, intradermal administration of the vaccine was well tolerated.’
    • ‘The medication is well tolerated and has a favorable side effect profile.’
    • ‘The number of adverse effects was comparable in the groups, and both drugs were well tolerated.’
    • ‘The drug is well tolerated and, in most cases, should be considered the drug of choice.’
    • ‘In general the antidepressants are safe and well tolerated medications.’
    • ‘Colchicine given orally or intravenously is an alternative but is poorly tolerated by elderly people.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Horses tolerate these doses well with few cases of diarrhea or stomach irritation.’
    • ‘Leafy vegetables tolerate some shade, but fruiting types such as squash need sun.’
    • ‘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.’
    consume, take, stomach, digest, eat, receive, be subjected to, withstand subjection to, be treated with
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Early 16th century (in the sense ‘endure pain’): from Latin tolerat- ‘endured’, from the verb tolerare.