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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His first year at Oak Ridge was difficult, with the Pioneers going 4-6, but Johnson is hoping that a year of getting acclimated to the program will help lead to another successful era. Chris Hays,, "Coach Clint Johnson hopes to return Oak Ridge to glory," 10 July 2018 Even beyond issues of ethnicity, American playwrights working in Europe have to acclimate themselves to the visions of directors, who often adjust plays’ settings and sometime even alter the texts. New York Times, "Ayad Akhtar Gets a European Welcome, With Conditions," 15 June 2018 Bashara has experience quickly acclimating to new terrain. Krista Torralva, San Antonio Express-News, "Alamo Heights ISD finalist an ‘advocate’ for the district," 17 May 2018 Featured on lot of smoke screens and simple drag routes to get the ball into his hands in space and may need time acclimating to a more sophisticated route tree..., "Antonio Callaway: Get to know the Browns' No. 105 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft," 28 Apr. 2018 Since signing a two-year, $6 million deal with the Diamondbacks in December, Hirano has just tried to acclimate himself to his new team and his new surroundings. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Diamondbacks reliever Yoshihisa Hirano's downplays record scoreless streak," 30 June 2018 Bill Hall had hit just .158 against righties at that point, and Branyan acclimated himself quickly with two hits May 25 in his big league return. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Rewind to May of 2008 on the 10th anniversary of the Milwaukee Brewers’ memorable run to the playoffs.," 31 May 2018 But the reality is Patrick Mahomes might struggle to acclimate to life as a starter. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "There is a healthy dose of skepticism nationally about Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs," 12 July 2018 The next steps will be continuing to acclimate Macy more with the atmosphere of a police department, Furman said. Angela Forburger, azcentral, "Mesa Police Department introduces its first therapy dog," 10 July 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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