1. put up with something or somebody unpleasant;
- Example: "I cannot bear his constant criticism"
- Example: "The new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarks"
- Example: "he learned to tolerate the heat"
- Example: "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);
- Example: "We must tolerate the religions of others"
3. have a tolerance for a poison or strong drug or pathogen or environmental condition;
- Example: "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;
- Example: "We don't allow dogs here"
- Example: "Children are not permitted beyond this point"
- Example: "We cannot tolerate smoking in the hospital"
[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 practices. [1913 Webster] Crying should not be tolerated in children. --Locke. [1913 Webster] We tolerate them because property and liberty, to a degree, require that toleration. --Burke. [1913 Webster] Syn: See Permit. [1913 Webster]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