What does tolerate mean?

Definitions for tolerate
ˈtɒl əˌreɪttol·er·ate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. digest, endure, stick out, stomach, bear, stand, tolerate, support, brook, abide, suffer, put upverb

    put up with something or somebody unpleasant

    "I cannot bear his constant criticism"; "The new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarks"; "he learned to tolerate the heat"; "She stuck out two years in a miserable marriage"

  2. tolerateverb

    recognize and respect (rights and beliefs of others)

    "We must tolerate the religions of others"

  3. tolerateverb

    have a tolerance for a poison or strong drug or pathogen or environmental condition

    "The patient does not tolerate the anti-inflammatory drugs we gave him"

  4. allow, permit, tolerateverb

    allow the presence of or allow (an activity) without opposing or prohibiting

    "We don't allow dogs here"; "Children are not permitted beyond this point"; "We cannot tolerate smoking in the hospital"

Wiktionary

  1. tolerateverb

    To allow (something that one dislikes or disagrees with) to exist or occur without interference.

  2. Etymology: From toleratus, from tolero. Cognate with þolian. More at thole.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Tolerateverb

    To allow so as not to hinder; to suffer.

    Etymology: tolero, Lat. tolerer, Fr.

    Inasmuch as they did resolve to remove only such things of that kind as the church might best spare, retaining the residue; their whole counsel is, in this point, utterly condemned, as having either proceeded from the blindness of those times, or from negligence, or from desire of honour and glory, or from an erroneous opinion that such things might be tolerated for a while. Richard Hooker, b. iv.

    We shall tolerate flying horses, harpies, and satyrs; for these are poetical fancies, whose shaded moralities requite their substantial falsities. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. v.

    Men should not tolerate themselves one minute in any known sin. Decay of Piety.

    Crying should not be tolerated in children. John Locke.

    We are fully convinced that we shall always tolerate them, but not that they will tolerate us. Jonathan Swift.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tolerateverb

    to suffer to be, or to be done, without prohibition or hindrance; to allow or permit negatively, by not preventing; not to restrain; to put up with; as, to tolerate doubtful practices

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    Rank popularity for the word 'tolerate' in Verbs Frequency: #1017

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tolerate in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tolerate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of tolerate in a Sentence

  1. New York:

    I unequivocally condemn these brutal attacks on visibly Jewish New Yorkers and we will not tolerate anti-Semitic violent gang harassment and intimidation, those of all faiths, backgrounds and ethnicities must be able to walk the streets safely and free from harassment and violence.

  2. Amanda Brennan:

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have made it clear to the community that they will not tolerate violence against women, may be just the team to guide and mentor Jameis Winston.

  3. Native American:

    I hope they will listen to us, we understand this is a comedy, we understand this is humor, but we won't tolerate disrespect.

  4. President Juan Hernandez:

    Clearly, in this kind of work there can always be imperfections and inappropriate methods used, but we have been emphatic that in the struggle against violence we will not tolerate rights violations.

  5. Katie Hopkins:

    I felt that I physically couldn't tolerate the pain anymore.

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