Meaning of “tolerant” in the English Dictionary

"tolerant" in British English

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tolerantadjective

uk /ˈtɒl.ər.ənt/ us /ˈtɑː.lɚ.ənt/

tolerant adjective (ACCEPTING)

C1 willing to accept behaviour and beliefs that are different from your own, although you might not agree with or approve of them:

The present government is even less tolerant of dissent.
People in Italy are more tolerant of children in public places than in Britain.
tolerantly
adverb uk /ˈtɒl.ər.ənt.li/ us /ˈtɑː.lɚ.ənt.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 despite difficulties:

Some grasses are very tolerant of drought.

tolerant adjective (WILLING TO ACCEPT)

willing to accept behavior and beliefs that are different from your own, even if you disagree with or disapprove of them:

Working with young people helps me be a little more tolerant.

(Definition of “tolerant” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)