Definitions of tolerate

  1. allow the presence of or allow ( an activity) without opposing or prohibiting; " We don't allow dogs here"; " Children are not permitted beyond this point"; " We cannot tolerate smoking in the hospital"
  2. recognize and respect ( rights and beliefs of others); " The Taliban in Afghanistan do not tolerate religions other than fundamental Islam"
  3. Medicine: have a tolerance for a poison or strong drug or pathogen; " The patient does not tolerate the anti- inflammatory drugs we gave him"
  4. have a tolerance for a poison or strong drug or pathogen; " The patient does not tolerate the anti- inflammatory drugs we gave him"
  5. recognize and respect ( rights and beliefs of others); " We must tolerate the religions of others"
  6. A compilation of statutes or decisions analytically arranged. The term is applied in a general sense to the Pandects of Justinian ( see Pandect), but is also specially given by authors to compilations of laws on particular topics; a summary of laws; as, Comyn's Digest; the United States Digest.
  7. 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.
  8. To bear or endure; as, to tolerate a person one does not like; permit; allow without hindering; as, to tolerate abuses.
  9. To bear: to endure: to allow by not hindering.
  10. To endure; allow.
  11. To allow without opposition; concede, as the right to religious belief and worship.
  12. To bear.
  13. Toleration.
  14. To suffer to be or to be done without prohibition or hindrance; to allow or permit negatively, by not preventing.
  15. To suffer to be; to permit or allow without positive hindrance.

Usage examples for tolerate

  1. The educated Creoles tolerate it. – Plotting in Pirate Seas by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  2. The employers, now no longer dominated by the War- time spirit which caused them in 1917 to tolerate an expansion of unionism, insisted that no employer must be obliged to meet for the purpose of collective bargaining with other than his own employes. – A History of Trade Unionism in the United States by Selig Perlman
  3. And he has always been foremost among the fierce modern critics who ask indignantly, " Why do you object to a thing full of sincere philosophy like The Wild Duck while you tolerate a mere dirty joke like The Spring Chicken?" – George Bernard Shaw by Gilbert K. Chesterton
  4. Dost thou suppose the laws of Pennsylvania tolerate such proceedings? – Isaac T. Hopper by L. Maria Child
  5. I can tolerate anything but humbug,- remember that! – God's Good Man by Marie Corelli
  6. My father, if he were alive, would not tolerate a deed like this: Heaven itself hates wrong- doing. – Bushido, the Soul of Japan by Inazo Nitobé
  7. She could not tolerate the idea that he, above all, should suppose that between Philip and herself all had not been blissful, and that she had been neglected not a little. – Campaigning with Crook and Stories of Army Life by Charles King
  8. Lilly felt that she was to be subjected to a humiliating cross- examination, which she was not in the least bound to tolerate – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  9. He affirms that as King he cannot tolerate any such pretensions. – A History of England Principally in the Seventeenth Century, Volume I (of 6) by Leopold von Ranke
  10. On the other hand he would never tolerate in his presence a word against the King, and his own letters to him were not only friendly but affectionate. – Rome by Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker Hope Malleson
  11. He knew that if he had to do it he could earn his, and the one thing he could neither tolerate nor understand about a good many of his Keills relations was their preference for any form of assistance to honest work. – Jan and Her Job by L. Allen Harker
  12. To the first clause as reported-" It being the right and duty of all men to worship the Supreme Being, the Great Creator and Preserver of the Universe, in the mode most consistent with the dictates of their consciences"- Governor Treadwell objected that " Conscience may be perverted, and man may think it his duty to worship his Creator by image, or as the Greeks and Romans did; and though he would tolerate all modes of worship, he would not recognize it in the Constitution, as the duty of a person to worship as the heathen do." – The Development of Religious Liberty in Connecticut by M. Louise Greene, Ph. D.
  13. The entire student body had been warned that the school board would not tolerate running away on the first of April. – The-Life-of-Me-an-autobiography by Johnson, Clarence Edgar
  14. He never would tolerate the slightest interference on their part with the rights of property. – Memoirs of James Robert Hope-Scott, Volume 2 by Robert Ornsby
  15. It is much to the credit of the citizens of many parts of New England that their good sense will not, any longer, tolerate a practice so brutal, and scarcely exceeded in this respect by the cockfights in other parts of the country. – The Young Man's Guide by William A. Alcott
  16. He simply could not tolerate the dreadful silence and stillness on the plain after his name had been called. – The Roll-Call by Arnold Bennett
  17. I wished to write to him, but I am afraid only you would tolerate my writing so much when I have nothing to say. – Memoir of John Lothrop Motley, Complete by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Last Updated: February 6, 2009
  18. Few of the new provinces which the last three centuries have brought under the control of the European race, would tolerate any interference by the law- making power with what they regard as the most sacred of civil rights- the right, namely, of every man to do what he will with his own. – The Earth as Modified by Human Action by George P. Marsh
  19. These he of course withheld, knowing full well that neither would Paul tolerate for long the presence of the French at Malta, nor Francis their occupation of Switzerland. – William Pitt and the Great War by John Holland Rose
  20. The radicals needed the support of their radical brethren in Southern States and they could not afford to wait for the Fourteenth Amendment to become a part of the Constitution or to tolerate other delay. – The Sequel of Appomattox A Chronicle of the Reunion of the States, Volume 32 In The Chronicles Of America Series by Walter Lynwood Fleming