verb (used with object), tol·er·at·ed, tol·er·at·ing.

  1. to allow the existence, presence, practice, or act of without prohibition or hindrance; permit.
  2. to endure without repugnance; put up with: I can tolerate laziness, but not incompetence.
  3. Medicine/Medical. to endure or resist the action of (a drug, poison, etc.).
  4. Obsolete. to experience, undergo, or sustain, as pain or hardship.

verb (tr)

  1. to treat with indulgence, liberality, or forbearance
  2. to permit
  3. to be able to bear; put up with
  4. med to have tolerance for (a drug, poison, etc)

v.1530s, from Latin toleratus, past participle of tolerare (see toleration). Related: Tolerated; tolerating. v.

  1. To allow without prohibiting or opposing; permit.
  2. To put up with; endure.
  3. To have tolerance for a substance or pathogen.

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