ac·com·mo·da·tion | \ ə-ˌkä-mə-ˈdā-shən \

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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accommodational \-shnəl, -shə-nᵊl \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for accommodation


amenity, comfort, convenience, creature comfort, luxury, nicety


burden, millstone, weight

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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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Several county residents asked the district's commissioners to earmark more money from registration fees for projects such as bike lanes, sidewalks and better accommodations for public transportation. Sven Berg, idahostatesman, "Ada County drivers, you subsidize big trucks — even though they damage roads more.," 11 July 2018 Perelman says the 2020 Games in Tokyo have already gone over budget, and predicts Paris 2024 organizers will have trouble meeting their goals for constructing accommodations for athletes that will become public housing after the games. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Will LA’s ‘no-build’ Olympics spur Southern California’s next building boom?," 10 July 2018 Travel and accommodations for the author were provided by The Cove on Paradise Island for the purpose of writing this story., "The Best Meal Famed Chef José Andrés Has Ever Eaten Was A Humble Potato," 10 July 2018 Still, there’s enough demand for places to nap at work that a number of manufacturers have developed pop-up sleeping accommodations for offices not necessarily designed for such inactivity. Robert Channick,, "Office napping climbs out from under the desk and into high-tech pods," 5 July 2018 Testers enlisted by the non-profit contacted large-scale facilities in the Phoenix and Tucson areas requesting accommodations for a fictional deaf grandfather. Maria Polletta, azcentral, "Undercover testers find discrimination at assisted-living, nursing facilities," 4 July 2018 March notes that none of the designs became financially viable and the arrival of the Americans with Disabilities Act required accommodations for people in wheelchairs, lessening the need for a stair climber. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Data Sheet—Why Most Wheelchairs Can't Climb Stairs," 2 July 2018 But no worries, WOW air apologized profusely in a statement and the passengers were given meal vouchers at the airport and hotel accommodations for their trouble. Madeline Mitchell,, "3 headlines you may have missed: Bird hero, the flight from hell and the best movie deal ever," 20 June 2018 The carriages provide accommodation for the royal household staff, railway staff and police personal protection officers. Simon Perry,, "All About the Royal Train That Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth Are Sleeping Aboard Tonight," 13 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of accommodation

accommodations : a place (such as a room in a hotel) where travelers can sleep and find other services

: 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 \

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 \

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 deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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