acclimate

verb
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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The former Ben Davis coach, who won a pair of state championships in his 11-year tenure with the Giants, is getting acclimated to his new environment. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Former Ben Davis coach Mike Kirschner rejuvenated in new stop at Mt. Vernon," 3 July 2018 Another point: Though the journey from Europe to the U.S. is the longest trip most will ever make, most Euro runners are acclimated to traveling. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! A special handicapping lesson on European tracks," 16 June 2018 The leap from prep school to Summer League is not an easy one, and many were curious to see how well Simons would acclimate against the best competition he’s seen in his life. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "Rookie Report Cards: The Most Noteworthy Summer League Showings," 11 July 2018 Maine South left tackle Peter Skoronski is still acclimating to his new status as an elite college football recruit. Steve Reaven, chicagotribune.com, "Maine South tackle Peter Skoronski ready to meet expectations," 9 July 2018 The Pirates have spent the week acclimating to conditions on the Thames, where the course is narrow, longer than normal and runs against the current. David Wharton, latimes.com, "Orange Coast crew takes on sport's royalty at Henley regatta in England," 28 June 2018 These young pitchers are getting acclimated to pitching against this tough competition. John Fay, Cincinnati.com, "Jim Riggleman may make managerial search for Cincinnati Reds unnecessary," 25 June 2018 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, chicagotribune.com, "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, SI.com, "Inside the NBA 2K League's Inaugural Draft," 5 Apr. 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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acclimate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of acclimate

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

acclimate

verb
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.

acclimate

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

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