verb ac·cli·ma·tize \ə-ˈklī-mə-ˌtīz\

: to adjust or adapt to a new climate, place, or situation


Full Definition of ACCLIMATIZE

:  acclimate
ac·cli·ma·ti·za·tion \ə-ˌklī-mə-tə-ˈzā-shən\ noun
ac·cli·ma·tiz·er noun


  1. The mountain climbers spent a few days acclimatizing themselves to the high altitude.
  2. <had lived through several northern winters before she fully acclimatized her wardrobe>

First Known Use of ACCLIMATIZE



accessorize, actualize, aerobicize, aestheticize, Africanize, allegorize, alphabetize, analogize, anatomize, anesthetize, animalize, annualize, antagonize, anthologize, anticlockwise, apologize, apostatize, apostrophize, arabicize, aromatize, automatize, bureaucratize, cannibalize, capitalize, categorize, catheterize, catholicize, characterize, collectivize, commercialize, commoditize, communalize, computerize, conservatize, containerize, contrariwise, conveyorize, cosmeticize, counterclockwise, criminalize, cross-fertilize, cut down to size, decentralize, decolonize, de-emphasize, de-energize, defeminize, deformalize, deglamorize, dehumanize, deionize, demagnetize, demobilize, democratize, demoralize, denationalize, deodorize, depersonalize, depolarize, depressurize, desensitize, destabilize, destigmatize, detribalize, devitalize, diabolize, digitalize, disenfranchise, disorganize, economize, emblematize, emotionalize, epitomize, epoxidize, eroticize, eternalize, evangelize, extemporize, externalize, familiarize, fanaticize, fictionalize, floor exercise, fool's paradise, formularize, free enterprise, gelatinize, generalize, geologize, Hispanicize, historicize, homogenize, hospitalize, hypothesize, idealize, illegalize, immobilize, immortalize, impersonalize, Indianize, indigenize, infantilize, initialize, internalize, italicize, legitimize, liberalize, literalize, lobotomize, lysogenize, macadamize, marginalize, metabolize, metastasize, militarize, mineralize, monopolize, mythologize, nationalize, naturalize, parenthesize, philosophize, poeticize, politicize, popularize, prioritize, proselytize, radicalize, reorganize, revitalize, ritualize, romanticize, secularize, self-fertilize, sensualize, sexualize, sovietize, subjectivize, suburbanize, subvocalize, systematize, temporalize, theologize, traditionalize, trivialize, ventriloquize, visualize


verb ac·cli·ma·tize   (Medical Dictionary)
ac·cli·ma·tized or British ac·cli·ma·tisedac·cli·ma·tiz·ing or British ac·cli·ma·tis·ing

Medical Definition of ACCLIMATIZE

transitive verb
:  to adapt to a new temperature, altitude, climate, environment, or situation
intransitive verb
:  to become acclimatized
ac·cli·ma·ti·za·tion or British ac·cli·ma·ti·sa·tion \ə-ˌklī-mət-ə-ˈzā-shən\ noun


ac·cli·ma·tize or British ac·cli·ma·tise \ə-ˈklī-mə-ˌtīz\


Next Word in the Dictionary: acclimatoryPrevious Word in the Dictionary: acclimatiseAll Words Near: acclimatize
May 24, 2015
erudite Hear it
learned or pedantic
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears