tr.v. tol·er·at·ed, tol·er·at·ing, tol·er·ates
1. To refrain from interfering with or prohibiting (something undesirable or outside one's own practice or beliefs); allow or permit: The president will not tolerate any deviation from stated policy.
2. To recognize and respect (the rights, beliefs, or practices of others).
3. To accept or be patient regarding (something unpleasant or undesirable); endure: tolerated his insults for weeks. See Synonyms at endure.
4. Medicine To have tolerance for (a substance or pathogen).
[Latin tolerāre, tolerāt-, to bear; see telə- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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