[syn: allow, permit, tolerate]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Tolerate \Tol"er*ate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tolerated; p. pr. &
vb. n. Tolerating.] [L. toleratus, p. p. of tolerare, fr.
the same root as tollere to lift up, tuli, used as perfect of
ferre to bear, latus (for tlatus), used as p. p. of ferre to
bear, and E. thole. See Thole, and cf. Atlas,
Collation, Delay, Elate, Extol, Legislate,
Oblate, Prelate, Relate, Superlative, Talent,
Toll to take away, Translate.]
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
Crying should not be tolerated in children. --Locke.
We tolerate them because property and liberty, to a
degree, require that toleration. --Burke.
Syn: See Permit.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: 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" [syn: digest, endure, stick out, stomach,
bear, stand, tolerate, support, brook, abide,
suffer, put up]
2: recognize and respect (rights and beliefs of others); "We
must tolerate the religions of others"
3: 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 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" [syn: allow, permit, tolerate]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
60 Moby Thesaurus words for "tolerate":
abide, abide with, accept, admit, allow, be big, be content with,
be easy with, bear, bear with, bide, blink at, brave, brook,
concede, condone, connive at, consent to, countenance, disregard,
endure, go, hang in, hang in there, hang tough, have, hear of,
ignore, indulge, judge not, lean over backwards, listen to reason,
live with, lump, lump it, not write off, overlook, permit,
persevere, pocket, put up with, sanction, see both sides,
spare the rod, stand, stand for, stick, stomach, submit to, suffer,
support, suspend judgment, sustain, swallow, take, take up with,
undergo, view with indulgence, weather, wink at