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Definition of tolerate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they tolerate
    he / she / it tolerates
    past simple tolerated
    -ing form tolerating
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  1. 1to allow someone to do something that you do not agree with or like synonym put up with somebody/something tolerate something Their relationship was tolerated but not encouraged. This sort of behavior will not be tolerated. tolerate (somebody/something) doing/being/having something She refused to tolerate being called a liar.
  2. 2tolerate somebody/something to accept someone or something that is annoying, unpleasant, etc. without complaining synonym put up with somebody/something There is a limit to what one person can tolerate. I don't know how you tolerate that noise!
  3. 3tolerate something to be able to be affected by a drug, difficult conditions, etc. without being harmed She tolerated the chemotherapy well. Few plants will tolerate sudden changes in temperature.
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