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Dictionary definition for: Tolerate

1. (v) 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"

2. (v) recognize and respect (rights and beliefs of others) "We must tolerate the religions of others"

3. (v) have a tolerance for a poison or strong drug or pathogen; "The patient does not tolerate the anti-inflammatory drugs we gave him"

4. (v) 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"

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