Meaning of “put up with sth/sb” in the English Dictionary

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"put up with sth/sb" in British English

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put up with sth/sb

phrasal verb with put uk /pʊt/ us /pʊt/ verb present participle putting, past tense and past participle put

B2 to accept or continue to accept an unpleasant situation or experience, or someone who behaves unpleasantly:

I can put up with the house being messy, but I hate it if it's not clean.
He's so moody - I don't know why she puts up with him.
They have a lot to put up with (= they have a lot of difficulties).

More examples

  • I don't know how he puts up with their constant complaining.
  • I can't put up with a leaky freezer.
  • I put up with her tantrums for 30 years.

(Definition of “put up with sth/sb” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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