tolerate - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
present participletolerating
past tensetolerated
past participletolerated
  1. 1
    to allow someone to do something that you do not like or approve of
    tolerate someone doing something:

    He won’t tolerate anyone questioning his decisions.

  2. 2
    to accept something unpleasant without becoming impatient or angry

    They have tolerated poor working conditions for too long.

    1. a.
      to accept someone without welcoming them or liking them

      Most of her visitors she merely tolerated, and they knew it.

  3. 3
    if plants or animals tolerate particular conditions, they are able to exist in those conditions
     Synonyms and related words
     Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      to be able to eat a particular food or to take a particular treatment with no bad effects