tolerate high speed

jakartaman

Senior Member
Korean
Can "tolerate" be used with "speed"?

For example,

If you accelerate your car to high speed, these tires won't tolerate it.

The engine block is built to tolerate a speed up to 200 mph.

People can't tolerate the speed of sound unless they have protective gear.

If not, what should I use in place of "tolerate"?

Many thanks in advance :)
 
  • Embonpoint

    Senior Member
    English--American
    Yes, you can use it. Do you mean that, for example, the tires may explode?

    If you accelerate your car to a high speed, these tires won't tolerate it. (Suggests the speed will damage the tires, maybe even explode.)

    You can also say this for people and the engine block. Another useful word for the engine block is withstand.

    The engine block is built to tolerate speeds up to 200 mph
    The engine block is built to withstand speeds up to 200 mph.
     
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