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verb, ac·com·mo·date \ə-ˈkä-mə-ˌdāt\

Simple Definition of accommodate

  • : to provide room for (someone) : to provide a place to stay and sleep for (someone)

  • : to have room for (someone or something)

  • : to do something helpful for (someone) : to provide what is needed or wanted for (someone or something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of accommodate


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make fit, suitable, or congruous

  3. 2 :  to bring into agreement or concord :  reconcile

  4. 3 :  to provide with something desired, needed, or suited

  5. 4 a :  to make room for b :  to hold without crowding or inconvenience

  6. 5 :  to give consideration to :  allow for <accommodate the special interests of various groups>

  7. intransitive verb
  8. :  to adapt oneself; also :  to undergo visual accommodation

accommodative play \-ˌdā-tiv\ adjective
accommodativeness noun
accommodator play \-ˌdā-tər\ noun

Examples of accommodate in a sentence

  1. Although Lost World was the hottest movie around, we saw it in a chamber of almost laughable minuteness, barely large enough to accommodate nine rows of seats, which were grudgingly padded … —Bill Bryson, I'm a Stranger Here Myself, 1999

  2. … a farmhouse that has been redone to accommodate both good English antiques and luxe 20th-century comforts without sacrificing any of its rough-hewn charm. —Francine Prose, Travel & Leisure, December 1994

  3. The young-adult horror authors tend to be too busy accommodating MTV attention spans to create vivid personalities … —Ken Tucker, New York Times Book Review, 14 Nov. 1993

  4. … political authority depended on tribal leadership, and the scholars had to accommodate themselves to it. —Ernest Gellner, Culture, Identity, and Politics, 1987

  5. Over 600 people can be accommodated on the cruise ship.

  6. The ceilings were too low to accommodate his terrific height.

  7. They were kind enough to accommodate me with a ride to the train station.

  8. I asked them for additional money, and they accommodated me with a loan.

  9. He would often change his schedule to accommodate his clients.

  10. New facilities are being added to accommodate the special needs of elderly residents.

  11. Smart investors quickly accommodated to the new market conditions.

Origin of accommodate

Latin accommodatus, past participle of accommodare, from ad- + commodare to make fit, from commodus suitable — more at commode

First Known Use: 1550

Synonym Discussion of accommodate

adapt, adjust, accommodate, conform, reconcile mean to bring one thing into correspondence with another. adapt implies a modification according to changing circumstances <adapted themselves to the warmer climate>. adjust suggests bringing into a close and exact correspondence or harmony such as exists between parts of a mechanism <adjusted the budget to allow for inflation>. accommodate may suggest yielding or compromising to effect a correspondence <accommodated his political beliefs in order to win>. conform applies to bringing into accordance with a pattern, example, or principle <refused to conform to society's values>. reconcile implies the demonstration of the underlying compatibility of things that seem to be incompatible <tried to reconcile what he said with what I knew>.

contain, hold, accommodate mean to have or be capable of having within. contain implies the actual presence of a specified substance or quantity within something <the can contains a quart of oil>. hold implies the capacity of containing or the usual or permanent function of containing or keeping <the bookcase will hold all my textbooks>. accommodate stresses holding without crowding or inconvenience <the hall can accommodate 500 people>.

Rhymes with accommodate

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ACCOMMODATE Defined for Kids


verb ac·com·mo·date \ə-ˈkä-mə-ˌdāt\

Definition of accommodate for Students


  1. 1 :  to provide with a place to stay or sleep <accommodate guests>

  2. 2 :  to provide with something needed :  help out <My teacher will change her schedule to accommodate her students.>

  3. 3 :  to have room for <The bus accommodates 40 people.>

Medical Dictionary


intransitive verb ac·com·mo·date \ə-ˈkäm-ə-ˌdāt\

Medical Definition of accommodate

accommodated; accommodating

  1. :  to adapt oneself; also :  to undergo visual accommodation

accommodative \-ˌdāt-iv\play adjective

Law Dictionary


transitive verb ac·com·mo·date \ə-ˈkä-mə-ˌdāt\

Legal Definition of accommodate


  1. 1 :  to make a change or provision for <accommodate a disability> — see also reasonable accommodation

  2. 2 :  to accept without compensation responsibility for a debt of (another person) in the event of nonpayment as a way of reassuring a reluctant creditor — see also accommodation paper at paper, accommodation party at party 1a

accommodation \ə-ˌkä-mə-ˈdā-shən\ play noun

Additional Notes on accommodate

To accommodate a debtor effectively, the party must sign the debt instrument, adding words describing limitations or conditions to the accommodation, if any.

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a timid, meek, or unassertive person

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