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Meaning of “tolerant” in the English Dictionary

"tolerant" in British English

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tolerantadjective

uk   /ˈtɒl.ər.ənt/  us   /ˈtɑː.lɚ-/
  • tolerant adjective (ACCEPTING)

C1 willing to ​acceptbehaviour and ​beliefs that are different from ​your own, ​although you might not ​agree with or ​approve of them: The ​presentgovernment is ​even less tolerant ofdissent. People in Italy are more tolerant ofchildren in ​publicplaces than in ​Britain.
tolerantly
adverb uk   us   /-li/
I would ​tell my ​grandmother about all the ​crazy things I'd been doing and she would just ​smile tolerantly.
(Definition of tolerant from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tolerant" in American English

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tolerantadjective

 us   /ˈtɑl·ər·ənt/
  • tolerant adjective (ABLE TO BEAR)

having the ​ability to ​bear something ​unpleasant or ​annoying, or to ​keep going ​despitedifficulties: Some ​grasses are very tolerant of ​drought.
  • tolerant adjective (WILLING TO ACCEPT)

willing to ​acceptbehavior and ​beliefs that are different from ​your own, ​even if you ​disagree with or ​disapprove of them: Working with ​youngpeoplehelps me be a little more tolerant.
(Definition of tolerant from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “tolerant”
in Arabic مُتسامِح…
in Korean 참을성이 있는…
in Portuguese tolerante…
in Catalan tolerant…
in Japanese 寛大な, 寛容な…
in Chinese (Simplified) 接受, 宽容, 忍受…
in Turkish hoşgörülü, toleranslı…
in Russian терпимый…
in Chinese (Traditional) 接受, 寬容, 忍受…
in Italian tollerante…
in Polish tolerancyjny…
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