verb ac·com·mo·date \ə-ˈkä-mə-ˌdāt\

: 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)


Full Definition of ACCOMMODATE

transitive verb
:  to make fit, suitable, or congruous
:  to bring into agreement or concord :  reconcile
:  to provide with something desired, needed, or suited
a :  to make room for
b :  to hold without crowding or inconvenience
:  to give consideration to :  allow for <accommodate the special interests of various groups>
intransitive verb
:  to adapt oneself; also :  to undergo visual accommodation
ac·com·mo·da·tive \-ˌdā-tiv\ adjective
ac·com·mo·da·tive·ness noun
ac·com·mo·da·tor \-ˌdā-tər\ noun


  1. Over 600 people can be accommodated on the cruise ship.
  2. The ceilings were too low to accommodate his terrific height.
  3. They were kind enough to accommodate me with a ride to the train station.
  4. I asked them for additional money, and they accommodated me with a loan.
  5. He would often change his schedule to accommodate his clients.
  6. New facilities are being added to accommodate the special needs of elderly residents.
  7. Smart investors quickly accommodated to the new market conditions.
  8. 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


Latin accommodatus, past participle of accommodare, from ad- + commodare to make fit, from commodus suitable — more at commode
First Known Use: 1550



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intransitive verb ac·com·mo·date \ə-ˈkäm-ə-ˌdāt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ACCOMMODATE

:  to adapt oneself; also :  to undergo visual accommodation
ac·com·mo·da·tive \-ˌdāt-iv\ adjective


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