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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Luna recommends a week to three week period to acclimate your body to the weight, although I was used to it almost immediately. Tim Kohut, BGR, 8 June 2021 Virtual coffee dates can help an introverted manager quickly acclimate to one's new work environment, build internal relationships and find confidence in one's position. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 8 June 2021 Apter, of the Oregon Environmental Council, said the state at a minimum needs to ensure that employers provide access to drinkable water, shade or cooling stations, regular breaks and time to acclimate to heat. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, 20 May 2021 Is Back tournament due to a coronavirus outbreak on the squad, so Jara couldn’t acclimate to the team right away. Jon Arnold, Dallas News, 18 May 2021 Big men are known to take longer than guards to acclimate to the NBA and on various occasions this season, Kerr has mentioned Jermaine O’Neal, Kevin Garnett and Dwight Howard as examples of young centers who needed a while to thrive at this level. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 May 2021 After arriving at White Oak on Monday, the elephants were examined by veterinarians and put into specialized paddocks to acclimate to their new surroundings. Chris Perkins,, 4 May 2021 Kassim hoped her spirited, outgoing daughter would acclimate well. Caitlin Dwyer, Longreads, 29 May 2021 Athletes won’t be able to enter Japan weeks early and acclimate themselves to the hot and humid Tokyo weather before the Games. Peter Landers, WSJ, 9 May 2021

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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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The first known use of acclimate was in 1792

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16 Jun 2021

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“Acclimate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of acclimate

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


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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