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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The club said this was based on the Ecuadorian not acclimating to life in the U.S. Kevin Molino bridges the gap between Heath’s stints in Orlando and Minnesota. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Adrian Heath’s track record for developing scorers got him United job, but Loons aren’t scoring," 11 June 2019 Her parents constantly took home movies of their daughters, Billie and Camille, acclimating Camille to a life both in front of the camera and behind it; her signature films would be as intimate as home movies. New York Times, "Camille Billops, Who Filmed Her Mother-Daughter Struggle, Dies at 85," 9 June 2019 Someone who is not acclimated to sand will often feel sore in their feet and calves initially, as the small intrinsic muscles are stimulated. Amy Marturana, SELF, "5 Things to Know Before Working Out on the Beach," 6 Apr. 2019 Patience is always the key when acclimating new gorillas. Kevin Grasha,, "Gorilla Ndume home safe at Cincinnati Zoo," 26 Oct. 2018 Is Nicky past the point of being able to acclimate himself into the Pearson family in the present day? Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "This Is Us Season 3 Episode 9 Recap: We Finally Find Out Who Randall Is Visiting in the Future," 27 Nov. 2018 As noted, doing so will promote language skills and cognitive development while also acclimating children to books and providing valuable time for them to bond with their parents., "How to help children learn to love reading," 19 Apr. 2018 Guard Cane Broome, who was averaging 20.1 minutes per game, could not get acclimated against Houston's swarming defense and played only six minutes. Tom Groeschen,, "UC Takeaways: Cronin says, 'The tougher team won'," 16 Feb. 2018 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

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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

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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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