This is something in the context of making appointments, taken from the book titled "W is for Wasted" by Sue Grafton.

I've looked up the meaning in Merriam-Webster dictionary but it all looks slightly confusing, like several meanings might sort of be making sense.

... He says he’s in dire need of a nerve specialist and asked me to set up an appointment.

I said, “Wow. He’s not due back until the end of the week. I’m surprised he’d put up with the delay.”

Would be great to know the exact meaning.

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    The phrase is "put up with.." and it means to endure (a nuisance); to tolerate (a discomfort); to allow (an irritation). There is also "won't put up with..." for the same range of sufferings.
    – Hugh
    Commented Mar 16, 2016 at 1:48
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    @Hugh good point! +1 Commented Mar 16, 2016 at 1:49

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Tolerate allow the existence, occurrence, or practice of (something that one does not necessarily like or agree with) without interference.

"a regime unwilling to tolerate dissent"

synonyms:allow, permit, condone, accept,swallow, countenance; 

Google definition

  • "put up with..." Put up is what you do to shelves. Put up with is how you endure trouble.
    – Hugh
    Commented Mar 16, 2016 at 1:51
  • Your example needs to use put up with, not tolerate.
    – deadrat
    Commented Mar 16, 2016 at 2:57
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    @Hugh Put up is what you have to do when your in-laws come to stay. Put up with too.
    – deadrat
    Commented Mar 16, 2016 at 2:58

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