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tolerate

[tol-uh-reyt] /ˈtɒl əˌreɪt/
verb (used with object), tolerated, tolerating.
1.
to allow the existence, presence, practice, or act of without prohibition or hindrance; permit.
2.
to endure without repugnance; put up with:
I can tolerate laziness, but not incompetence.
3.
Medicine/Medical. to endure or resist the action of (a drug, poison, etc.).
4.
Obsolete. to experience, undergo, or sustain, as pain or hardship.
Origin of tolerate
1525-1535
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
Synonyms
2. support, accept.
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Examples from the Web for tolerate
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  • The people of old Poplar had at times unpleasant things to tolerate.

  • In the theater we make allowances for what we would not tolerate in the street or parlor.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • I know full well, if I can tolerate her spirit, I can with ease attach myself to every human being else.

    The Symposium Xenophon
  • His excessive use of tobacco was one thing he knew she could not tolerate.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • He was just such a man as Trevison—reckless, impulsive, and impetuous—dare-devil who would not tolerate injustice or oppression.

    'Firebrand' Trevison Charles Alden Seltzer
British Dictionary definitions for tolerate

tolerate

/ˈtɒləˌreɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to treat with indulgence, liberality, or forbearance
2.
to permit
3.
to be able to bear; put up with
4.
(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 tolerate
v.

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

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tolerate 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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