acclimate

verb
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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Once upon a time, summer league were simply sparsely attended scrimmages to help rookies get acclimated. Gary Washburn, BostonGlobe.com, "After Zion shakes NBA world, earthquake takes over," 6 July 2019 But can the 18-year-old from Guinea get acclimated quickly enough to carve out a rotation role? Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons in Las Vegas Summer League: 5 things to watch," 4 July 2019 Aaron Rodgers acclimates, well enough, to new head coach Matt LaFleur’s scheme. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "Aaron Rodgers, Packers’ Offense Primed to Thrive Under New Head Coach Matt LaFleur," 23 July 2019 Arriving in the land of the midnight sun and the copious mind-altering substances, this uneasy group acclimates to the best of their abilities. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "‘Midsommar’ review: ‘Hereditary’ director follows up with a scary vacation trip," 25 June 2019 The rhinos had a few weeks of crate training to acclimate them to their journey on a cargo plane. Rebecca Boyle, Discover Magazine, "The Quixotic Quest to Birth a Baby Northern White Rhino," 25 June 2019 With roughly 300 feet of ascent, there is enough climbing for riders to acclimate to the quad burn, but not so much that newbies will want to quit. Heather Balogh Rochfort, The Know, "Mountain biking trails that’ll get you home in time for dinner," 13 June 2019 Most spend the night at one of the nearby trail camps to help get acclimated to the altitude. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Everything you need to know to climb Mount Shasta ahead of a sensational summer season," 7 June 2019 The sharks were temporarily acclimating in a separate tank. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "What do stingrays feel like? And are they safe? What to know about new KC Zoo exhibit | The Kansas City Star," 1 May 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 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.

acclimate

verb
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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