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tolerate

verb [T] uk   /ˈtɒl.ər.eɪt/ us    /ˈtɑː.lə.reɪt/

tolerate verb [T] (ACCEPT)

B2 to accept behaviour and beliefs that are different from your own, although you might not agree with or approve of them: I will not tolerate that sort of behaviour in my class. [+ -ing verb] I won't tolerate lying.
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tolerate verb [T] (DEAL WITH)

C2 to deal with something unpleasant or annoying, or to continue existing despite bad or difficult conditions: These ants can tolerate temperatures that would kill other species.
Translations of “tolerate”
in Korean 참다, 용인하다…
in Arabic يَتسامَح…
in French tolérer…
in Turkish katlanmak, hoşgörmek, tolere etmek…
in Italian tollerare…
in Chinese (Traditional) 接受, 寬容, 忍受…
in Russian терпеть, выносить, выдерживать…
in Polish tolerować, znosić…
in Spanish tolerar…
in Portuguese tolerar…
in German erträglich…
in Catalan tolerar…
in Japanese ~を容認する, 我慢する…
in Chinese (Simplified) 接受, 宽容, 忍受…
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