ac·​cli·​mate | \ˈa-klə-ˌmāt; ə-ˈklī-mət, -ˌmāt \
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

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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.
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Duhon is searching for a new home around Normal, Ill., and getting acclimated with the area before his wife and children — ages 9, 4-year-old twins and 2 — join him. Shannon Ryan,, "Former Bulls guard Chris Duhon eager to start new 'chapter' as Illinois State assistant coach," 27 June 2018 The season starts in May, and the franchises will hold a training camp of sorts in the two weeks prior to get their players acclimated to one another. Rohan Nadkarni,, "Inside the NBA 2K League's Inaugural Draft," 5 Apr. 2018 However, there are things the team has to sharpen up in order to prepare for next year and get new players acclimated to the team. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "Girls soccer: Klein Forest looks ahead to next year as rebuilding continues," 25 Mar. 2018 New coaches have acclimated themselves to their new surroundings. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Oklahoma's still the team to beat in the Big 12," 9 July 2018 Kudos to Thomas for making the trip over there to acclimate himself with what is a distinctly non-PGA Tour golf course. Daniel Rapaport,, "FORE Questions: More Rules Headaches, Predicting Ryder Cup Rosters and Grading Tiger's Comeback," 3 July 2018 Chia Youyee Vang, a history professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee who has studied refugee communities, said the new arrivals often struggle to acclimate. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Some refugees resettling in America find gun violence instead of peace," 27 June 2018 The goal of a run/walk program is to acclimate tissues to the loads associated with running in a gradual manner to reduce risk of injury. Sara Klar, Pt, Dpt,, "Stay healthy: What is a good run/walk program for me?," 11 June 2018 Couple the burger with a Lime Rickey and watch the traffic go by on Highway 3 to acclimate to the slower pace of this small historic town. Joe Jackson, San Francisco Chronicle, "One Day, One Place: Etna, California," 8 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of acclimate

: to adjust or adapt to a new climate, place, or situation


ac·​cli·​mate | \ə-ˈklī-mət, 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, -ˌmāt \
acclimated; acclimating

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