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English verb: tolerate

1. tolerate (cognition) put up with something or somebody unpleasant


SamplesI 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.


ExamplesSam cannot tolerate Sue


Synonymsabide, bear, brook, digest, endure, put up, stand, stick out, stomach, suffer, support


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)allow, countenance, let, permit


Narrower (hyponym)accept, bear up, hold still for, live with, pay, sit out, stand for, swallow, take a joke, take lying down


Verb groupsuffer

2. tolerate (social) recognize and respect (rights and beliefs of others)


SamplesWe must tolerate the religions of others.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)abide by, honor, honour, observe, respect

3. tolerate (perception) have a tolerance for a poison or strong drug or pathogen or environmental condition


SamplesThe patient does not tolerate the anti-inflammatory drugs we gave him.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)endure, suffer


Domain categorymedical specialty, medicine

4. tolerate (communication) allow the presence of or allow (an activity) without opposing or prohibiting


SamplesWe don't allow dogs here.
Children are not permitted beyond this point.
We cannot tolerate smoking in the hospital.


Synonymsallow, permit


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)allow, countenance, let, permit









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