Tolerate vs. Permit

Tolerate vs. Permit — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Tolerate and Permit

Tolerateverb

To allow (something that one dislikes or disagrees with) to exist or occur without interference.

I like the way he plays the guitar, but I can't tolerate his voice when he sings.I can tolerate working on Saturdays, but not on Sundays.

Permitverb

To hand over, resign (something to someone).

Tolerateverb

put up with something or somebody unpleasant;

I cannot bear his constant criticismThe new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarkshe learned to tolerate the heatShe stuck out two years in a miserable marriage

Permitverb

(transitive) To allow (something) to happen, to give permission for.

Tolerateverb

recognize and respect (rights and beliefs of others);

We must tolerate the religions of others

Permitverb

(transitive) To allow (someone) to do something; to give permission to.

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Tolerateverb

have a tolerance for a poison or strong drug or pathogen;

The patient does not tolerate the anti-inflammatory drugs we gave him

Permitverb

(intransitive) To allow for, to make something possible.

Tolerateverb

allow the presence of or allow (an activity) without opposing or prohibiting;

We don't allow dogs hereChildren are not permitted beyond this pointWe cannot tolerate smoking in the hospital

Permitverb

(intransitive) To allow, to admit (of).

Permitverb

To grant formal authorization for (something).

The Building Department permitted that project last week.

Permitverb

To attempt to obtain or succeed in obtaining formal authorization for (something).

We've been busy permitting the State Street development.
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Permitnoun

(obsolete) Formal permission.

Permitnoun

An artifact or document rendering something allowed or legal.

A construction permit can be obtained from the town offices.Go over to the park office and get a permit for the #3 shelter.

Permitnoun

A learner's permit.

Permitnoun

A pompano of the species Trachinotus falcatus.

Permitnoun

a legal document giving official permission to do something

Permitnoun

the act of giving a formal (usually written) authorization

Permitnoun

large game fish; found in waters of the West Indies

Permitverb

consent to, give permission;

She permitted her son to visit her estranged husbandI won't let the police search her basementI cannot allow you to see your exam

Permitverb

make it possible through a specific action or lack of action for something to happen;

This permits the water to rush inThis sealed door won't allow the water come into the basementThis will permit the rain to run off

Permitverb

allow the presence of or allow (an activity) without opposing or prohibiting;

We don't allow dogs hereChildren are not permitted beyond this pointWe cannot tolerate smoking in the hospital