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Definition of "tolerate" []

  • To allow without prohibiting or opposing; permit. (verb-transitive)
  • To recognize and respect (the rights, beliefs, or practices of others). (verb-transitive)
  • To put up with; endure. See Synonyms at bear1. (verb-transitive)
  • Medicine To have tolerance for (a substance or pathogen). (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "tolerate" in a sentence
  • "What we need not tolerate is a federal regulatory structure that is blind to the operations of those who wheel and deal at the very center of the global economy and federal officials who are so uncertain of their aims and prerogatives that they fumble in the face of crisis. www."
  • "I'm quite happy to let the right wingers be the "tolerant" ones, especially if what they tolerate is idiocy, mediocrity, and the destruction of what this country has and should stand for."
  • "What more might your exquisitely delicate sensibilities manage to tolerate from a noxious slug like this, Andy, a lynching in your front yard?"