tolerate-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: put up with something or someone (unpleasant)

Commentary: Syntax is: NP1[agent] TOLERATE NP2[concrete] NP1[agent] TOLERATE NP2[abstract]

I will not tolerate acting out in this classroom!
Shiloh could not tolerate high heels.
He tolerated her bad jokes because she was smart.
The president could barely tolerate the people's ignorance.
My grandmother tolerates the high HOA fees for the beautiful neighborhood.

VerbNet: admire-31.2, allow-64
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: tolerate.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 3, 4

Sense Number 2: recognize and respect rights and beliefs

Commentary: Syntax is: NP1[agent] TOLERATE NP2[abstract]
NOTE: Compare to sense 1. In this sense the NP2 is not an inherantly unpleasant activity.

We must tolerate all religious beliefs.
This school tolerates all races, genders and creeds.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2