Definition of tolerate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    tolerate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈtɒləreɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɑːləreɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they tolerate
    BrE BrE//ˈtɒləreɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɑːləreɪt//
     
    he / she / it tolerates
    BrE BrE//ˈtɒləreɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɑːləreɪts//
     
    past simple tolerated
    BrE BrE//ˈtɒləreɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɑːləreɪtɪd//
     
    past participle tolerated
    BrE BrE//ˈtɒləreɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɑːləreɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form tolerating
    BrE BrE//ˈtɒləreɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɑːləreɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1to allow somebody 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 behaviour 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 somebody/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.
  4. Word Origin early 16th cent. (in the sense ‘endure pain’: from Latin tolerat- ‘endured’, from the verb tolerare.Extra examples I will not tolerate this conduct! It is technically illegal but widely tolerated. She actually seemed pleased to see him: most of her visitors she merely tolerated. The condition makes it difficult to tolerate bright light. The government is not prepared to tolerate this situation any longer. This plant prefers alkaline soil, though it will readily tolerate some acidity. This plant will readily tolerate some acidity. Union activity was officially tolerated but strongly discouraged. I don’t know how you tolerate that noise! Most perennials will tolerate being transplanted. Young and elderly people cannot tolerate alcohol as well as other adults.
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