• WordNet 3.6
    • v tolerate put up with something or somebody unpleasant "I cannot bear his constant criticism","The new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarks","he learned to tolerate the heat","She stuck out two years in a miserable marriage"
    • v tolerate 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"
    • v tolerate have a tolerance for a poison or strong drug or pathogen or environmental condition "The patient does not tolerate the anti-inflammatory drugs we gave him"
    • v tolerate recognize and respect (rights and beliefs of others) "We must tolerate the religions of others"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Five thousandths of a millimeter is the tolerance of accuracy at the LEGO mould factories
    • v. t Tolerate 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. "Crying should not be tolerated in children.""We tolerate them because property and liberty, to a degree, require that toleration."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Female and male black bears cannot tolerate being around each other except when they breed
    • tolerate To sustain or endure; specifically, in medicine, to endure or support, as a strain or a drug, without pernicious effect.
    • tolerate 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.
    • tolerate Synonyms Permit, Consent to, etc. (see allow); brook, put up with, abide, bear, bear with.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1850, Michigan's state constitution included the following line: "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, unless for the punishment of crime, shall ever be tolerated in this state." This inadvertently legalized slavery as an appropriate punishment for crime. It wasn't until 1963 that the grammar was fixed to outlaw slavery. The change required shifting the comma following "servitude" to the position after "slavery."
    • v.t Tolerate to bear: to endure: to allow by not hindering
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  • Agnes Repplier
    “Humor brings insight and tolerance. Irony brings a deeper and less friendly understanding.”
  • W. Somerset Maugham
    “You are not angry with people when you laugh at them. Humor teaches tolerance.”
  • Natalie Clifford Barney
    “How many inner resources one needs to tolerate a life of leisure without fatigue”
  • Evans
    “Lying is an indispensable part of making life tolerable.”
  • John Swayze
    John Swayze
    “Russia has abolished God, but so far God has been tolerant.”
  • Franklin P. Jones
    “Nothing makes you more tolerant of a neighbor's noisy party than being there.”


Zero tolerance - If the police have a zero tolerance policy, they will not overlook any crime, no matter how small or trivial.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. toleratus, p. p. of tolerare, fr. the same root as tollere, to lift up, tuli, used as perfect of ferre, to bear, latus,for tlatus,), used as p. p. of ferre, to bear, and E. thole,. See Thole, and cf. Atlas Collation Delay Elate Extol Legislate Oblate Prelate Relate Superlative Talent Toll to take away, Translate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. tolerāre, -ātum, from tollĕre, to lift up.


In literature:

On the whole, there was a tolerably fair representation of the whole nation.
"The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume III.(of III) 1574-84" by John Lothrop Motley
And this was a project not to be tolerated.
"The Life of John of Barneveld, 1609-15, Volume I." by John Lothrop Motley
Why should either Calvinists or Lutherans be tolerated in Styria?
"The Life of John of Barneveld, 1614-23, Volume II." by John Lothrop Motley
He plucked heart of their tolerance.
"The Black Bag" by Louis Joseph Vance
In other respects, I did tolerably well; and, at the end of about ten days, we entered Sandy Hook.
"Ned Myers" by James Fenimore Cooper
It is not necessary for toleration that I must approve of what I tolerate.
"Freedom's Battle" by Mahatma Gandhi
He had every thing in neat order as in England; and a tolerable collection of books.
"Life Of Johnson, Volume 5" by Boswell
He was liberal and tolerant in his views.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume I" by John Lord
He was tolerant and enlightened.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume IV" by John Lord
In consequence of coming down on a tolerably thick bunch of furze, the fall was essentially broken.
"The Sea Lions" by James Fenimore Cooper

In poetry:

Firm to the Church by which his fathers stood,
But tolerant to every form of creed,
He longs for universal brotherhood,
And is a Christian gentleman indeed.
"William Bede Dalley" by Henry Kendall
They would not blame the sins his passion wrought.
No, they were tolerant and Christian, saying, 'We
Only deplore ...' saying they only sought
To help him, strengthen him, to show him love; but he
"Bitterness" by Victoria Sackville-West
Ah, had she loaded me, perchance,
With wild reproach or even hate,
Such would have helped a hope to wait
Forgiveness and returned romance;
But 'twixt our souls, instead, a gate
She closed of silent tolerance.
"The Brothers" by Madison Julius Cawein
Oh some that’s good and godly ones they hold that it’s a sin
To troll the jolly bowl around, and let the dollars spin;
But I’m for toleration and for drinking at an inn,
Says the old bold mate of Henry Morgan.
"Captain Stratton’s Fancy" by John Masefield
This taste of life-the scent of ripe grain in an autumn afternoon-
You could not tolerate.
In the morgue, is your heart at ease
In the morgue, in that suffocating stillness
Like a flattened rat with blood-smeared lips.
"A day 8 Years Ago (At bachar ager Ekadin)" by Jibanananda Das
They sent me letters with news
of you and I made moccasins that I would never use.
When I grew well enough to tolerate
myself, I lived with my mother, the witches said.
But I didn't leave. I had my portrait
done instead.
"The Double Image" by Anne Sexton

In news:

They like full sun, although they tolerate light shade and well-drained soil.
When they mold the gas tank in the chassis, the tolerances in frame are so close it makes it tough to paint the tank and get a clean paint-separation line.
Embrace the anti-gay intolerance of the Third World in the name of multicultural understanding, or impose Western values in the name of identity-politics tolerance.
His crimes against his own people have surpassed what a civilized world can tolerate.
Except in rare instances, the police tolerate public nudity in the City by the Bay.
Genes enabling lactose tolerance, which probably resulted in more surviving offspring, were detected in cultures like this Kenyan shepherd's.
Drought tolerance, nematode resistance are breeding targets.
Drought tolerance high on Monsanto priority list for cotton varieties.
Product Performance Drives Tolerance Reduction.
Not a herald of tolerance for multiculturalism.
The Nicaraguan boy flown into New Orleans this week for life-saving heart surgery tolerated the procedure well, according to his caretakers.
The recent heat wave is blamed for raising the lake water temperature higher than the fish can tolerate.
It's more zero tolerance, said Elaine Eisenman, dean of executive and enterprise education at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and a director at shoe retailer DSW Inc. Story date time.
Issues of rank and precedence require tolerance of error.
Why the world can't tolerate a preemptive Israeli attack on Iran.

In science:

Let, as usual, G = (V , E ) be infinite and locally finite. A probability measure µ on {0, 1}E is said to be insertion tolerant if for any e ∈ E and almost every ξ ∈ {0, 1}E \{e} , the conditional µ-probability that e is open given the configuration ξ on {0, 1}E \{e} , is strictly positive.
Explicit isoperimetric constants and phase transitions in the random-cluster model
To see this for (20) and (21), just note the well-known fact that the Burton-Keane [11, 20] encounter-point argument (for showing uniqueness of the infinite cluster under the insertion tolerance condition) goes through in the amenable setting.
Explicit isoperimetric constants and phase transitions in the random-cluster model
The requirement that the losses on each EPR beam are less than 50% is not compatible with the F = 1/2 boundary, which can tolerate arbitrarily large losses, but would be a consequence of the requirement F > 2/3.
Evaluating quantum teleportation of coherent states
This may be tolerable for the density but is unacceptable for the velocity transfer function.
Multiscale Gaussian Random Fields for Cosmological Simulations
The prototype chips have been implemented in commercial 0.25 µm CMOS processes following radiation tolerant design rules.
Single Event Effects in the Pixel readout chip for BTeV