Definitions

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)

Etymologies

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)

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