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[tol-uh-reyt] /ˈtɒl əˌreɪt/
verb (used with object), tolerated, tolerating.
to allow the existence, presence, practice, or act of without prohibition or hindrance; permit.
to endure without repugnance; put up with:
I can tolerate laziness, but not incompetence.
Medicine/Medical. to endure or resist the action of (a drug, poison, etc.).
Obsolete. to experience, undergo, or sustain, as pain or hardship.
1525-35; < Latin tolerātus, past participle of tolerāre to bear (akin to thole2); see -ate1
Related forms
tolerative, adjective
tolerator, noun
nontolerated, adjective
nontolerative, adjective
untolerated, adjective
untolerating, adjective
untolerative, adjective
2. support, accept. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tolerated
  • Further, it was different that in one nation one could go places where their religion was tolerated.
  • Local townspeople tolerated his presence because they liked to buy the goods he stole, such as cloth and sugar.
  • But chaos could not be tolerated for long, not when big money was to be made on public lands.
  • They tolerated our often-noisy kids at the rooftop pool and were always unfailingly polite.
  • Because of their different personalities, the dogs never got along wonderfully, but they tolerated each other.
  • High-maintenance and easy to rig, early slot machines were barely tolerated by casinos.
  • Once you listen to them, you'll wonder how your ears tolerated anything else.
  • Therefore, blatant license violation cannot be tolerated at any rate.
  • Trade unions were still either totally illegal or barely tolerated.
  • Your chosen managers will be winners, in which case you won't be tolerated for long.
British Dictionary definitions for tolerated


verb (transitive)
to treat with indulgence, liberality, or forbearance
to permit
to be able to bear; put up with
(med) to have tolerance for (a drug, poison, etc)
Derived Forms
tolerative, adjective
tolerator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin tolerāre sustain; related to thole²
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Word Origin and History for tolerated



1530s, from Latin toleratus, past participle of tolerare (see toleration). Related: Tolerated; tolerating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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tolerated in Medicine

tolerate tol·er·ate (tŏl'ə-rāt')
v. tol·er·at·ed, tol·er·at·ing, tol·er·ates

  1. To allow without prohibiting or opposing; permit.

  2. To put up with; endure.

  3. To have tolerance for a substance or pathogen.

tol'er·a'tive adj.
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