ac·​com·​mo·​da·​tion | \ ə-ˌkä-mə-ˈdā-shən How to pronounce accommodation (audio) \

Definition of accommodation

1 : something supplied for convenience or to satisfy a need: such as
a : lodging, food, and services or traveling space and related services usually used in plural tourist accommodations on the boatovernight accommodations
b : a public conveyance (such as a train) that stops at all or nearly all points
c : loan
2 : the act of accommodating someone or something : the state of being accommodated: such as
a : the providing of what is needed or desired for convenience changed his schedule for the accommodation of his clients
b : adaptation, adjustment an accommodation to temporary conditions
c : a reconciliation of differences : settlement Negotiators felt that an accommodation with the union was possible.
d : the automatic adjustment of the eye for seeing at different distances effected chiefly by changes in the convexity of the crystalline lens also : the range over which such adjustment is possible

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Other Words from accommodation

accommodational \ -​shnəl How to pronounce accommodational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Synonyms for accommodation


lodging, lodgment (or lodgement)

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Examples of accommodation in a Sentence

They weren't sure if they could provide food and accommodations for the whole group. The accommodations on board the boat are a bit cramped. He hoped to reach an accommodation with the new owners. Negotiators were convinced that accommodation with the union was possible. He changed his schedule as an accommodation to his clients. Changes were made for the accommodation of differing viewpoints.
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The chamber’s trip pricing includes airfare, accommodations and some meals. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "Chamber to offer three overseas trips in 2020," 3 Aug. 2019 Winkenbach says more of his clients are asking for custom homes to include accommodations for family members who have special needs., "2019 Street of Dreams: Designing one house for two generations," 30 July 2019 Photo: Christopher Beauchamp for The Wall Street Journal The Gear and Cost A week at ESCAPE Camp costs $1,400, including dorm accommodations and meals. WSJ, "A Retiree Finds Fitness Nirvana at Sleep-Away Camp," 16 June 2019 Residents of Kiev have been so appalled by the situation that locals have been inspired to start Facebook groups offering fans free accommodation. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Champions League Final Is a Tight Fit in Kiev. So How About New York?," 21 May 2018 From the clean accommodations and regular meals, to the congeniality of Americans, some POWs were relieved to have been captured. Alexis Clark, Smithsonian, "The Army’s First Black Nurses Were Relegated to Caring for Nazi Prisoners of War," 15 May 2018 The school bought copies of the book for each of the girls and a local nonprofit, the Glen Ellyn Children’s Resource Center, raised funds to pay for the author’s travel, meals and accommodations. Angie Leventis Lourgos,, "'A book by someone like them': Refugee and immigrant girls meet author with a story similar to their own," 4 May 2018 Another portion, it is not known how much, was spent on a periodically visiting U.S. Navy technician who operated the MRI for four months — meaning one Pentagon entity paid for the flights, accommodations and meals used by another Pentagon employee. Carol Rosenberg, miamiherald, "Lawyers: Scan suggests alleged 9/11 plotter suffered head injury in CIA custody | Miami Herald," 30 Apr. 2018 Hotels offered family members of the victims free accommodation. Anchorage Daily News, "Bus crash in Canada devastates a hockey town," 8 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of accommodation

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for accommodation

borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French, borrowed from Latin accommodātiōn-, accommodātiō "act of fitting or adapting, willingness to oblige," from accommodāre "to accommodate" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns

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The first known use of accommodation was in 1603

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English Language Learners Definition of accommodation

US : a place (such as a room in a hotel) where travelers can sleep and find other services
chiefly British : a place where people can live, stay, or work
: an agreement that allows people, groups, etc., to work together


ac·​com·​mo·​da·​tion | \ ə-ˌkä-mə-ˈdā-shən How to pronounce accommodation (audio) \

Kids Definition of accommodation

1 accommodations plural : a place where travelers can sleep and find other services
2 : something supplied that is useful or handy Campsite accommodations include a fireplace.


ac·​com·​mo·​da·​tion | \ ə-ˌkäm-ə-ˈdā-shən How to pronounce accommodation (audio) \

Medical Definition of accommodation

: an adaptation or adjustment especially of a bodily part (as an organ): as
a : the automatic adjustment of the eye for seeing at different distances effected chiefly by changes in the convexity of the crystalline lens
b : the range over which such adjustment is possible

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to shake or wave menacingly

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