Definition of “intolerance” - English Dictionary


“intolerance” in English

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uk /ɪnˈtɒl.ər.əns/ us /ɪnˈtɑː.lɚ.əns/

C2 [ U ] the fact of refusing to accept ideas, beliefs, or behaviour that are different from your own:

racial/religious intolerance
One side-effect of the drug is intolerance of (= being unable to bear) bright light.

[ C or U ] If you have a food intolerance, you cannot digest a particular food in a normal way and may feel ill if you eat it:

(a) food intolerance
a wheat/lactose intolerance
Amy has an intolerance to dairy products.

(Definition of “intolerance” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)