ac·​cli·​mate | \ ˈa-klə-ˌmāt How to pronounce acclimate (audio) ; ə-ˈklī-mət, -ˌmāt How to pronounce acclimate (audio) \
acclimated; acclimating

Definition of acclimate

transitive verb

: to adapt (someone) to a new temperature, altitude, climate, environment, or situation They had to acclimate themselves to an urban lifestyle. slowly becoming acclimated to a new environment

intransitive verb

: to adjust or adapt to a new temperature, climate, environment, or situation : to become acclimated climbers gradually acclimating to the high altitude

Examples of acclimate in a Sentence

I acclimated myself to the hot weather. You might need to acclimate your plants to bright sunlight gradually. We took a few days to get acclimated to our new teacher.
Recent Examples on the Web In an effort to acclimate players to the full season's workload, the first week of training camp is often lighter. Amanda Taheri,, 27 July 2022 The opportunity to visit places right as (a shred of) normalcy returns was a rare privilege — seeing storefronts unshutter, communities re-emerge from lockdown, and businesses re-acclimate to tourism. Maya Kachroo-levine, Travel + Leisure, 2 Dec. 2021 Robinson used the offseason workouts to acclimate to the Rams’ system. Los Angeles Times, 23 May 2022 The civil dialogue movement, then, is an attempt to acclimate students to a new world — one that requires a special kind of bravery. Jennifer Miller, Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2022 Amazon surely would have to acclimate some wary shoppers to its high-tech stores. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 1 Mar. 2022 On his own show, however, Boba Fett has grown weirdly passive, less a taciturn man of action than a past-his-prime warrior struggling to acclimate to his new desk job. Adam B. Vary, Variety, 2 Feb. 2022 Extending a trip by can help a traveler to acclimate. Lea Lane, Forbes, 30 Jan. 2022 The quarterback was adamant training camp will be enough time to develop the chemistry necessary for his new pass catchers to acclimate, but his presence at this week’s minicamp is an important springboard. Ryan Wood, USA TODAY, 7 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of acclimate

1792, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for acclimate

borrowed from French acclimater, from a-, prefix forming transitive verbs (going back to Latin ad- ad-) + climat "climate" (going back to Old French) — more at climate

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ac·​cli·​mate | \ ə-ˈklī-mət How to pronounce acclimate (audio) , ˈa-klə-ˌmāt \
acclimated; acclimating

Kids Definition of acclimate

: to adjust or change to fit a new climate or new surroundings He had trouble acclimating to the hot weather.


ac·​cli·​mate | \ ˈak-lə-ˌmāt; ə-ˈklī-mət How to pronounce acclimate (audio) , -ˌmāt How to pronounce acclimate (audio) \
acclimated; acclimating

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