from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To allow without prohibiting or opposing; permit.
- transitive v. To recognize and respect (the rights, beliefs, or practices of others).
- transitive v. To put up with; endure. See Synonyms at bear1.
- transitive v. Medicine To have tolerance for (a substance or pathogen).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To allow (something that one dislikes or disagrees with) to exist or occur without interference.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To sustain or endure; specifically, in medicine, to endure or support, as a strain or a drug, without pernicious effect.
- To suffer to be or to be done without prohibition or hindrance; allow or permit negatively, by not preventing; put up with; endure; refrain from restraining; treat in a spirit of patience and forbearance; forbear to judge of or condemn with bigotry and severity: as, to tolerate opinions or practices.
- Synonyms Permit, Consent to, etc. (see allow); brook, put up with, abide, bear, bear with.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. allow the presence of or allow (an activity) without opposing or prohibiting
- v. put up with something or somebody unpleasant
- v. have a tolerance for a poison or strong drug or pathogen or environmental condition
- v. recognize and respect (rights and beliefs of others)
Latin tolerāre, tolerāt-, to bear; see telə- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin tolerātus (past participle), from tolerō ("I endure"). Cognate with Old English þolian ("to tolerate, suffer, bear"). More at thole. (Wiktionary)