- 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.
- 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!
- 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. Word Origin early 16th cent. (in the sense ‘endure pain’: from Latin tolerat-
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//