ac·​cli·​mate ˈa-klə-ˌmāt How to pronounce acclimate (audio)
-ˌmāt How to pronounce acclimate (audio)
acclimated; acclimating

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 Like Disneyland’s Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, Bowser’s Challenge takes a moment to get acclimated to. Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times, 20 Mar. 2024 There’s 17-year-old Abby, an aspiring storyboard artist acclimating to a new feeding tube after missing much of their senior year in high school because of medical issues. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Mar. 2024 The zoo's elephant care team is currently acclimating the two to the transportation process through positive conditioning, which will likely be a lengthy process. Marina Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 14 Mar. 2024 Besides a diving stab that came up just short and a strikeout looking, Chapman’s first game of the spring was just about getting acclimated. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 8 Mar. 2024 And, according to a new study, the large, vibrant spiders are acclimating astonishingly well to cities. Christian Thorsberg, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Feb. 2024 In the meantime, one of the team’s biggest objectives this spring will be acclimating so many new players into a clubhouse that has already undergone significant roster change over the last several seasons. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 9 Feb. 2024 But winning now -- as in right now -- is difficult when a team is acclimating a star player. The Indianapolis Star, 22 Jan. 2024 Bethancourt, 32, has quickly gotten acclimated with the Marlins’ pitchers. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 7 Mar. 2024

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1792, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of acclimate was in 1792

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Cite this Entry

“Acclimate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


ac·​cli·​mate ˈak-lə-ˌmāt How to pronounce acclimate (audio) ə-ˈklī-mət How to pronounce acclimate (audio)
acclimated; acclimating
: to adapt to a new climate, environment, or situation

Medical Definition


acclimated; acclimating

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