The verb tolerate means "to put up with or allow." You can tolerate your sister's love of Broadway musicals but really, you prefer dramas.

Think of tolerate as the open-minded verb. It means you allow something to happen or exist, even if you don't really like it. For example, you don't like your neighbor's loud music but you tolerate because he only blasts it on Saturday afternoons. Scientifically speaking, when your body can tolerate a drug, poison or even pollution, it means you aren't harmed by it.

Definitions of tolerate

v put up with something or somebody unpleasant

“he learned to tolerate the heat”
abide, bear, brook, digest, endure, put up, stand, stick out, stomach, suffer, support
experience (emotional) pain
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accept, live with, swallow
tolerate or accommodate oneself to
hold still for, stand for
tolerate or bear
bear up
endure cheerfully
take lying down
suffer without protest; suffer or endure passively
take a joke
listen to a joke at one's own expense
sit out
endure to the end
bear (a cost or penalty), in recompense for some action
get one's lumps, take one's lumps
suffer the results or consequences of one's behavior or actions
Type of:
allow, countenance, let, permit
consent to, give permission

v allow the presence of or allow (an activity) without opposing or prohibiting

“We cannot tolerate smoking in the hospital”
allow, permit
Type of:
allow, countenance, let, permit
consent to, give permission

v 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”
Type of:
endure, suffer
undergo or be subjected to

v recognize and respect (rights and beliefs of others)

“We must tolerate the religions of others”
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abide by, honor, honour, observe, respect
show respect towards

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