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 All the layers of safety equipment makes for a hot environment for which nurses need to acclimate. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "COVID-19 forces OakBend Medical Center intensive care unit to change," 3 July 2020 The fog was a comforting slice of San Francisco baseball life for players who have to acclimate to a world of safety first, balls and strikes second. Henry Schulman,, "Giants return to Oracle Park for strange first glimpse of pandemic baseball," 3 July 2020 Elisabeth has a new baby and is struggling to acclimate to motherhood (nearly) alone in a new city., "J. Courtney Sullivan's newest novel 'Friends and Strangers' is the latest of her self-fulfilling prophecies," 29 June 2020 The Mavericks had hoped to acclimate Cauley-Stein and Kidd-Gilchrist to bolster reserve depth alongside Maxi Kleber, Delon Wright, J.J. Barea and Justin Jackson. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "NBA restart central: A full return-to-play schedule, the latest developments and Mavericks notes to remember," 14 June 2020 If winter and spring athletics can return in 2021, athletes on those teams could return to practice early to re-acclimate before competition starts. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Why University of Michigan-Dearborn has canceled fall sports this season," 22 June 2020 The birds were transported to the property within 24 hours of capture and held in surrogators to acclimate at strategic locations for 1-2 weeks before release. Dallas News, "A quail proving ground," 20 June 2020 Extreme soccer fans, used to having rowdy interactions with the police, have also learned to acclimate to the gas and gear up. Zeynep Tufekci, The Atlantic, "I Can't Breathe: Braving Tear Gas In a Pandemic," 4 June 2020 Besides a Week 2 trip to Minnesota, the Colts’ first eight games are certainly winnable, which should give new quarterback Phillip Rivers time to acclimate. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, "Who has the easiest and toughest NFL schedules in 2020?," 8 May 2020

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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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9 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Acclimate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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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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