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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of tolerare

tolerate

verb
     
tol‧e‧rate [transitive]
1 to allow people to do, say, or believe something without criticizing or punishing them [↪ tolerant, tolerance]:
We simply will not tolerate vigilante groups on our streets.
2 to be able to accept something unpleasant or difficult, even though you do not like it [↪ tolerant, tolerance; = stand, bear]:
I couldn't tolerate the long hours.
3 if a plant tolerates particular weather or soil conditions, it can exist in them:
plants that tolerate drought
4 if a person or their body can tolerate a food or other substance, it can use it without becoming ill:
Women's bodies can tolerate less alcohol than men's.

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