Pronunciation: (tol'u-rāt"), [key]
—v.t., -at•ed, -at•ing.
1. to allow the existence, presence, practice, or act of without prohibition or hindrance; permit.
2. to endure without repugnance; put up with: I can tolerate laziness, but not incompetence.
3. Med.to endure or resist the action of (a drug, poison, etc.).
4. Obs.to experience, undergo, or sustain, as pain or hardship.
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