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tolerateverb [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 kind of behaviour in my class. [+ -ing verb] I won't tolerate lying.

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tolerateverb [T]

us   /ˈtɑl·əˌreɪt/
  • tolerate verb [T] (BEAR)

to bear something unpleasant or annoying, or to keep going despite difficulties: Athletes often have to tolerate a lot of pain.
  • tolerate verb [T] (ACCEPT)

to accept behavior and beliefs that are different from your own, although you may not agree with or approve of them: They don’t have the best service, but I tolerate it because I love their food.
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