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- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈtɑl.ə.ɹeɪt/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈtɒl.ə.ɹeɪt/
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- (transitive) To allow or permit without explicit approval, usually if it is perceived as negative.
- (transitive) To bear, withstand.
- This is a catenative verb that takes the gerund (-ing).
- In sense 1, this verb almost always carries a negative connotation. This is in contrast with related tolerance and tolerant, which are usually perceived as positive characteristics.
To allow without explicit approval
- tolerate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- tolerate in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911
- tolerate at OneLook Dictionary Search
- present adverbial passive participle of toleri