tolerance Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “tolerance” in the English Dictionary

"tolerance" in British English

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uk   /ˈtɒl.ər.əns/  us   /ˈtɑː.lɚ-/

tolerance noun (ACCEPTANCE)

C2 [U] (formal toleration ) willingness to ​acceptbehaviour and ​beliefs that are different from ​your own, ​although you might not ​agree with or ​approve of them: This ​period in ​history is not ​noted for ​its religious tolerance. Some ​members of the ​party would like to ​see it ​develop a ​greater tolerance of/towardscontrarypoints of ​view.
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tolerance noun (ABILITY TO DEAL WITH)

[U] the ​ability to ​deal with something ​unpleasant or ​annoying, or to ​continueexistingdespitebad or ​difficultconditions: My tolerance of/forheat is ​considerablygreater after having ​lived in the Far ​East for a ​couple of ​years. [U] specialized biology an animal's or plant's ​ability not to be ​harmed by a ​drug or ​poison over a ​longperiod of ​time: a ​greater tolerance of/to the ​drug

tolerance noun (VARIATION)

[C or U] specialized engineering, mathematics the ​amount by which a ​measurement or ​calculation might ​change and still be ​acceptable: parts that are made to tolerances of a ​thousandth of an ​inch
(Definition of tolerance from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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tolerancenoun [U]

 us   /ˈtɑl·ər·əns/

tolerance noun [U] (ACCEPTANCE)

(also toleration,  /ˌtɑl·əˈreɪ·ʃən/ ) willingness to ​acceptbehavior and ​beliefs that are different from ​your own, ​even if you ​disagree with or ​disapprove of them: religious/​racial tolerance There is zero tolerance of ​violence at this ​school – if you’re ​caughtfighting, you’ll be ​suspended.

tolerance noun [U] (ABILITY TO BEAR)

the ​ability to ​bear something ​unpleasant or ​annoying, or to ​keep going ​despitedifficulties: I don’t have much tolerance for ​hot, ​humidweather.
(Definition of tolerance from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “tolerance”
in Arabic تَسامُح…
in Korean 아량, 관용, 참을성…
in Portuguese tolerância…
in Catalan tolerància…
in Japanese 寛容, 容認…
in Chinese (Simplified) 接受, 宽容, 忍受…
in Turkish hoşgörü, tolerans…
in Russian терпимость…
in Chinese (Traditional) 接受, 寬容, 忍受…
in Italian tolleranza…
in Polish tolerancja…
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